There’s Gotta Be Something More
By: Lauren Cox
October 30, 2015
I love thinking back on the simpler times of being young, when worries were small. I miss the days when winning your Saturday morning soccer game was the most important thing. I wish all I had to worry about was getting my book report done on time and making sure my goldfish was still alive. Nowadays, it seems like we’re all on this hamster wheel: Get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV, go to bed. Repeat.
There’s got to be something more to life than this.
We’re always yearning for more—more purpose, more fulfillment, more excitement, more answers, more life. But I don’t think that’s a bad thing. There’s nothing wrong with wanting something bigger. In fact, we were made to want more.
“While we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” —2 Corinthians 5:4
The “tent” Paul talks about is our earthly body, and “life” is eternity. We don’t wish to be rid of our earthly body, but we yearn for it to be better. While on earth, it is not unusual for us to groan and long for something more because “the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing us what is to come” (2 Corinthians 5:5).
Human beings have an innate sense of transcendence and longing for the ultimate reality we’ll only experience in the eternal presence of God. We are wired to want more because God “has set eternity in the human heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Because of this, we can never be fully satisfied with earthly pleasures and pursuits. Because we are made in God’s image, we have a spiritual thirst that nothing but God can satisfy. The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee of what is to come.
We spend so much time searching the land and sky and sea for bigger things, when in actuality, the search itself is what we’re looking for. We search because there is something to find. We find it in a baby’s cry, a loved one’s death, in the feeling of hope and the feeling of loss. The Holy Spirit fills us with emotion and conviction because those feelings are a promise to us that God has something better waiting.
Friends, if you know the Lord, be reassured that the Holy Spirit is present and working in you. He is calling you to a perfect and holy home. And for those of you who do not yet know the Lord, this urge you have for fulfillment and answers is God calling you. It’s His way of showing you that there IS something out there that’s safe and eternal, and it can be yours. The solution to your restless yearning can only be found in His perfect rule.