I love to travel. If money wasn’t an object I would be going to a new country every other week! Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of money. I long for adventure, to drive into the distance only stopping if I catch the ever-elusive horizon. I grew up traveling because my parents were missionaries in Kenya for over a decade. My desire to travel is more than just an earthly desire. This desire comes from my longing for something more than this life can offer. This world is not my home. My home is heaven.
In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis describes this longing for another home this way:
Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists… If I find in myself a desire 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, to suggest the real thing…I must take care…never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find until after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others do the same.
Pressing On Toward Heaven
I will not stop longing for more out of life until I pass on from this world because I belong to another home. There are times where I feel dissatisfied by this world, but this feeling is encouragement in and of itself. My dissatisfaction with worldly things pushes me towards heavenly things. I look forward to moving to my real country, my real home. God intended for us to have these longings because our true country is heaven. The experiences I have now are mere mirages of all that I will experience in heaven. I will not find true satisfaction on earth because my satisfaction lies in heaven. And, to borrow Lewis’s statement,
I must make it my main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others do the same.