If I find in myself / desires nothing in this world can satisfy / I can only conclude / that I, I was not made for here / If the flesh that I fight is at best /only light and momentary, / then of course I'll feel nude / when to where I'm destined I'm compared. ~C.S. Lewis Song (Brooke Fraser)
Every one of us wants to belong...
...wants to have a place to set down our baggage and hang up our hearts on the coat rack.
It's more than just finding a comfy apartment or a suitable house to accommodate our current needs.
It's about opening the door, stepping inside, and realizing that this is where we fit...that we have finally found the place we have been searching for our entire lives.
And for so many of us, this place will never be found here on earth.
Of course, there are those earthly places that call out to us and catch us by surprise. They are as close as anything on earth could possibly come to filling that overwhelming void.
These places have something so intrinsic about them...some small detail that captivates us, or a memory that brings us back to feelings of acceptance, perfection, warmth...
...but even these places of sheer delight -- as wonderful as they are -- cannot fully meet the needs of our hearts.
There is something missing...some sort of minute imperfection that reminds us once again of this moral coil upon which we dwell.
It's not until we stop looking down and raise our eyes heavenward that we discover what it is that we've been looking for all along.
We cannot just stand on this side of the wardrobe door, allowing ourselves to settle for this second-best reality. We need to reach out, close our eyes, and remind ourselves that something so much greater...something inexpressible...awaits us on the other side of the door.
One day, these shadows will fall away in a beam of the ultimate Light.
We will no longer have to search for where we belong...the aching feeling will disappear.
We will enter.
Further up and further in...
...with Him is where we belong.