Sinking your body into a soft spot of grass. Wrapping your jacket around you in the cool of the night. Gazing up at an endlessly stretching canopy of star spangled skies. Being taken by shooting stars.
Have you experienced it before?
Standing on the shore of the sea. Letting the foamy waves glide over your feet. Gazing out at the watery horizon into the perfection of a sunset with colors so vibrant that words fail to describe it fully.
Have you ever experienced it?
Staring deeply into the eyes of the one your heart has been captured by. Being so overwhelmed with love that you desperately want to somehow consume that person wholly, and be wholly consumed by that person.
Do you know that feeling?
The pain of beauty?
These deeply embedded emotions surface in these moments that don’t have a known source or accurate description. It’s this irony that such immeasurable beauty could produce within us this deep and almost painful, aching desire that wells up somewhere in between your heart and your stomach.
We get these small glimpses of perfection—of heaven— and we become restless and unsatisfied until we are immersed in it and filled with it unceasingly. We desire those moments to last forever; to never go away.
Those moments are what we live for. Because they are what we are MADE for. They draw our beings out so forcefully because they are where we feel the most complete. The most satisfied and content.
It’s the expectation of life here on earth, dear friends. “We believers groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we LONG for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We wait with eager hope for the day when God gives us our full rights as His adopted children, including the new bodies He has promised us.” Romans 8:23
Its restless anticipation. And we will never feel whole and full until we are where we were made to belong.