For nearly six years, my husband and I waited for our baby. We hoped and grieved, hoped and grieved, hoped and grieved, over and over and over again.
And our longing led us straight to the middle of God’s heart.
God wants more than anything for us to get to know him. As our Creator, he knows all there is to know about us. The Lord holds our pasts, presents, and futures in his all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving hands.
But he gives us the choice to get to know him in return. And that choice is everything.
Getting to know God’s love is perhaps the easiest and most challenging thing you will ever do with your life, but it is also the very best thing you will ever do.
It is what your soul was made to do. It’s what your soul longs to do more than anything.
At the root of all longing is a longing for life, as God intended.
Before sin, Adam and Eve didn’t want for anything—they had no longings because all of their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs were perfectly satisfied. Life, as God intended, was a perfect paradise void of sorrow, sickness, suffering, doubt, disappointment, and death. It was a perfect paradise where we walked and talked with God without shame, guilt, or fear.
But the moment sin entered the world, longing entered as well.
While we live on this earth, we will long. We will long for life over death, health over sickness, joy over sorrow, love over hate, peace over anxiety, abundance over lack, safety over insecurity, justice over injustice, good over evil, and right over wrong.
We all long, and all longing is really longing for life as God originally intended.
God will one day fully redeem this earth and all your longings will be satisfied in the fullness of his presence.
Until then, your soul will find fulfillment only in getting to know God—your Creator, Savior, Sustainer, and Satisfier.
“Oh God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirst for you; my whole body longs for you” (Psalm 63:1).
Excerpt from Asha’s book, This Hope: A Journey of Getting to Know God.
*For Further Reflection, listen to Psalm 63.
- Psalm 63