We enter the world, it seems, with simple expectations. We are wired to require loads of love, affection and unconditional approval.
As we grow older, we become more aware of our deeper wants and desires, and these can become a burden rather than a joy.
We find ourselves continually thwarted, stymied by our wishes. Disappointed by the world’s inability to meet our demands. We’re only human after all.
The Serenity Prayer is a great response to this endless struggle:
Yes! What to accept as part of this broken world, and what to fight against… don’t we all need that kind of wisdom?
When it comes to unfulfilled desire and our endless striving, one of the most memorable quotes I’ve found is this one by C.S. Lewis:
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
The longer I live on earth, the more it makes sense that we are actually made for life after death, where our relationship with Jesus will be perfected.
Our desires, I believe, point to our longing for something much, much more heavenly than what we might find here. We are actually craving, from the core of our being, an eternal relationship with the one who created the most beautiful things we see and experience here on earth. The greatest romance? Jesus can beat that. The most breathtaking scenery? He created it. Your happiest, most euphoric moment? He was behind it.
As we come down from our earthly ‘mountaintop experiences’, we realise they will only pale in comparison to what is yet to come, for those who love God. We are undeniably made for another world. What a relief that is, and what a wonderful motivation to make this life count… for eternity.
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
(2 Corinthians 4:17)