It’s a beautiful day to be a human, isn’t it??
To see the sun rise on another day, another moment. To deeply breathe in the sweet air with yet another breath.
But something is still broken. Pain happens. Horror happens. Death happens.
That great why has been ecchoing through creation, through the heart of every human being since we first rebelled against the One who made us. The difficulty — all the pain and frustration and futility of everything — keeps us from placing all our hope in this life. It keeps us looking and longing for a home.
That great why has also been answered, because the One who made us has loved us as well.
It has been answered by Jesus Christ. God has broken into human history, and instead of tearing the fabric of this world apart with His cosmic import, He began to heal the rift that we had made. When He died and rose again He took the sin that has wreaked havoc on our planet and defeated it, beginning the reversal of all sin’s effects. He is working to undo all of the pain, horror, and death. Utopia will come again. Heaven will be the fullness of all our hearts yearn to experience again.
Our hearts were made for home.
But until then, we travel through a broken world, seeking to create heavenly beauty and mend the brokenness as we find it. We are pilgrims, away from home, and traveling through foreign lands. And we go with the songs of Zion, of home, in our hearts.
This blog echoes the heartsongs of one of those pilgrims. I hope the things written here put a song in your heart as well as you look toward the future to come.
Or perhaps you are not yet on this journey. I tell you you were made for this. You have eternity etched into your heart, and you will never find true satisfaction till you find it in Jesus Christ. It will be the hardest and most rewarding thing you could ever do. Will you come along?
“How lovely is your dwelling place,
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.
Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
blessed is the one who trusts in you.”
— Psalm 84 (excerpts) NIV