Thursday, November 23, 2017

Beneath Your Restless Heart

Longing.

Our human heart is full of it. It's built-in. Implanted inside us. No one escapes it.

Oxford dictionaries define longing as a "yearning desire." Hunger or thirst. Craving. Need. Something that burns inside. Deep urge or itch waiting to be filled.

Mark Twain once wrote, "You don't know what it is you want but you want it so much you could almost die."

In my own life as well as the lives of those I see in the therapy hour, longings are ever-present. We ache. We only know and feel that we long for something all the time.

Ever thought about why you keep pursuing, pursuing, and pursuing? Why must you feel loved or get married? Have great sex? Run a business, get lots of money? Find success, be recognized by people? Travel the world?

Part of it is a need to experience wholeness. Happiness. Security.

But, there is much more about us. And our lives.

Augustine, in his famous quotation, said, "You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You."

Beneath all our human and earthly longings is a deep void only God can fulfill. We cannot not long for Him. Or, our hearts will remain restless. Wounding our minds, hearts, and relationships.

"God has set eternity in the human heart." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)


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