Read Romans 8:22-25
22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan,even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory,for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We,too,wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something,we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have,we must wait patiently and confidently.) (NLT)
We live in a world where we can’t have it all. We live in between the comings of Jesus. His first coming announced salvation and promised eternal life. His second coming brings all this to completeness. We have the Spirit of God reminding us that all the blessings of Jesus are ours-but these blessings can’t be fully enjoyed just yet.
In other words,we have a taste of heaven. A taste which reminds us of what is to come so that this world cannot truly satisfy us. And yet it is only a taste,reminding us that the everlasting satisfaction of heaven is not yet ours to enjoy.
It is therefore normal to get frustrated,to be hurt. Who we were made to be in principle is not yet possible in practice. We long for our true selves to be revealed. We long for things to be put right. This longing is painful in that it is unfulfilled. However it is a glad longing in that we know one day it will be fulfilled. We live in a world where we can’t have it all,but one day we will have it all.
We live as people who have a tantalising glimpse of how it will be by peering through a crack in the door. We live as people who believe that one day the door will be flung open and our longings will cease. Till then,life is all about longing.