You have hungers in your soul that seem impossible to be satisfied.
You may have tried to fill them or answer them with different things. Many of those things could have been good. But alas, the hunger remains.
You know what I’m talking about.
The kind of deep yearning that doesn’t really go away, however numb you try to make yourself to it or however desperately you try to fill it.
We are human. We all have this yearning inside, and none of us can fill it.
There is a saying that goes something like this: “You have a God-shaped hole in your heart, and only He can fill it.”
I believe that saying is true, to an extent. But I believe C.S. Lewis more when he says, “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.”
Do you see the difference?
We all have a God-shaped hole in our hearts that only He can fill. But more than that none of us are meant to find all our satisfaction and all our fulfillment here on this earth.
Jesus has made a way for us to experience a foretaste of the joy and the feast to come in Heaven, and much of its fullness we can encounter here on earth.
But the real, deep yearning will not be satisfied until you and I have entered into the place where there are no more holes.
There is much brokenness, pain, and deep sorrow in this world. Honestly, trying to explain it all away or rationalize or understand it can begin to sound like fingernails on chalkboards. The crux of the matter is wherein we place our hope.
If we are searching for the fulfillment and satisfaction of those deep yearnings we all have in our hearts on this earth and in this life only, the paradox is that we will never be filled. However, if we set our hope in something our eyes cannot see, in a hope that cannot be fully rationalized or understood or explained, but is true – God humbling Himself and redeeming us through His Son on a cross – then we will be able to say to God what St. Augustine of Hippo did many years ago:
“You made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.”
We are meant to know and experience God in the here and now, but all of our holes will not be filled until we are fully united with Him again.