“Meanwhile we groan…”

I’ve been deep in thought all day and I suddenly remembered this quote from 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.” In looking for it among my Facebook photos, I came across the graphic below, which fits perfectly, too.

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It’s probably safe to say the majority of us, at some level, at some point in our lives, long for an existence or circumstances other than our current reality. The mistake we make is in thinking that if we successfully manipulate our circumstances to better suit us, we will finally feel whole and happy.

That’s been a lie from the enemy since day one, which is probably why so many people are walking around feeling miserable, hopeless or dissatisfied. Even drastic measures are usually only a temporary or superficial solution.

Nothing and no one but our Creator can fill the emptiness in our hearts and even then we will not be wholly whole until we are safely “home.” As far as I’m concerned, we’re still sitting on the tarmac.

The Apostle Paul put it beautifully:

“Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.
We live by faith, not by sight.
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)

Note: If you found this post helpful or inspiring, you may also like this one: The Desires of Your Heart.

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2 thoughts on ““Meanwhile we groan…”

  1. Charis Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 12:25 am Reply

    Love your writing!!

  2. Ann-Margret Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 12:41 am Reply

    Charis, thank you so much for your kind comment! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my posts. 🙂 God bless you!

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