Today started a bit on the early side for the Cree household. We were up and about by 4 AM to get Gorgeous on a plane to Dallas for a conference that she’ll be at all week. The boys and I never dig it when she has to leave but it is part of life these days. This morning was especially tough.
Usually Gorgeous “bribes” me to take her to the airport by getting me a Starbucks. Then we sit for a while in the terminal and chat before she has to go through security. It give the whole outing a touch of adventure. And since Savannah is such a small airport, I often end up out of there quickly enough that I’m still in the free time for parking.
This time, however, I had to drop her at the curb and head right down to Jacksonville for work of my own. No Starbucks. No hanging out in the terminal. Couple that with the fact that my company is sending me out of town for 10 days before she gets back and it made for a bit of a Grumpy Chris this morning.
The bottom line is that I was wanting something that hasn’t happened yet, i.e. both of us back in the same city. We do that a lot, crave for things that haven’t happened yet.
It’s human nature. There’s a Proverb that says:
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
We are wired to want. Blaise Pascal said it this way:
There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart.
What did he mean? Pascal meant that we all have a craving of sorts and we try to fill it with whatever we can find to satisfy it. But no matter what we try to stuff down that hole of craving we will always want more. Because it is God-shaped, fashioned into us by the Creator himself. Only by turning to Him can we satisfy that craving.
If you want Pascal’s long (and very deep) explanation of the concept check this out:
What does this desire and this inability of ours proclaim to us but that there was once in man a genuine happiness, of which nothing now survives but the mark and the empty outline; and this he vainly tries to fill from everything that lies around him, seeking from things that are not there the help that he does not get from those that are present? Yet they are quite incapable of filling the gap, because this infinite gulf can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object – that is, God, Himself. He alone is man’s veritable good, and since man has deserted Him it is a strange thing that there is nothing in nature that has not been capable of taking His place for man: stars, sky, earth, elements, plants, cabbages, leeks, animals, insects, calves, serpents, fever, plague, war, famine, vices, adultery, incest. And since he has lost the true good, everything can equally appear to him as such – even his own destruction, though that is so contrary at once to God, to reason, and to nature.
I told you it was deep. Think about it.
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