Have you noticed? We’re expanded by longing. Something grows in us as we focus heart, mind, soul and will Homeward. Romans 8:24-25 says: “That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” (The Message.)
As pastor and author Rick Warren writes, “In order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life – longings that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity.”
We’re not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be! We forget that for believers, earth isn’t our final home. We were redeemed for something much better!
Waiting and longing. Neither is easy. But there can be a “sweet pain” in both if we let them draw our hearts toward Home.
Shared by: Kristine, professional mom, blogger, author, homeschooler, humorist, and chief wrangler at the ‘ole “testosterone farm.”
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