A Filipino friend of mine who now lives in the U.S. posted a couple of pictures on Facebook showing a happy family re-creating an immemorial Filipino dish, with the captions that read: Missing the Philippines. It didn’t just hit a number of likes just for selfie reasons; it shows a glimpse of our true condition.
We yearn for something. We are not contented with life ‘here’. We want perfection.
But the thing is, we do not know how to make life ‘perfect’. We implement rules here and there, and more problems arise. We change the leadership at least once in a decade, and we are never contented with their performance. . . and we criticize them as if it’s a no-sweat task for us if ever we were to be elected. We spend time and money on petty things – cars, mansions, jewelries – when a super typhoon can easily erase them in one hard day’s pounding. We dream of the perfect husband/ wife when nobody can live up to the perfection that we’ve so harshly demanded of them.
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world,” explains C.S. Lewis.
We search for the answers in life’s mysteries, when in fact, most of them can only be fully realized when our earthly bodies have disintegrated and we see life from an entirely different perspective, from a different pair of eyes that see not just the temporary, but the eternal. That’s why we find refuge and comfort in the promise of God to “wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away,” as said in Revelation 21:4.
We are sojourners here, and one day, we will graduate in the course ‘Earthly Life’. And when we’ve done everything we can in this temporary travail here, hopefully we can be certain that apart from God, there is no fullness of joy.
See you there!