“God has planted eternity in the human heart.” —Ecclesiastes 3:11
There is a forgotten land that we long for. And we can’t shake off our desire. It’s hard-wired into us. And it is the desire to transcend this world and go back to our true home with God.
No civilization has ever been entirely able to suppress the rumors of land beyond. These rumors of a lost Eden come to us in stories, poetry, flashes of joy, and that aching desire which C.S. Lewis recognized as “the sent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard” (Weight of Glory)
Lewis writes about this aching desire in Mere Christianity:
“If I find in myself a desire for which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world… Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it. If that is so, then I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise or be unthankful for these earthy blessings, but on the other hand never to mistake them for something else of which they are only a copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive my desire from my true county which I shall never find until after death.”
There are realities of beauty that would burst your heart is you saw them now. On this side, we catch hints and echoes of that glory, such as a stirring piece of music, the breathtaking beauty of mountains, or the smell of French roast coffee in the morning. These pleasures arouse within us aching desire that cannot be satisfied in this world, and this fleeting desire is a sign that we were made for another world, our true home with God.
Home is not where you grew up or even where you currently hang your hat. Home is the place we created to live from eternity and for eternity. Home is being in communion w/God—that’s our home where we belong.
But we are not yet home–we are nomads traveling home. Like Abraham, Moses, and Noah, who:
“Died without receiving what God had promised them, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed the promises of God. They agreed that they were no more than foreigners and nomads here on earth. And obviously people who talk like that are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had meant the country they came from, they would have found a way to go back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a heavenly city for them.” Hebrews 11:13-16 (NLT)
If God has placed eternity in hearts, and if all our desires point to our home with God, then it only makes sense that best way to get there must come from heaven to earth.
The Easter good news is that Jesus is God’s son from heaven who opens that way for us by the cross and that God guarantees that way for us by rising him from the dead.
When Thomas later asked Jesus how he would find him and follow him where going, Jesus responded by saying: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”
All your desire finds it’s home with God. He is our home. It’s written on your heart, and Jesus makes it possible, because “He is Risen. He is Risen Indeed.”