The longing within, the yearning for something more. Something different. Many of us feel a void.
When we marry we imagine we will be completely known and understood. We dream of the man or woman who will meet our every expectation, our every desire. Life will be full once we’ve found that person and we live happily. ever. after.
People, please don’t misunderstand, I DO believe I have the most wonderful husband in the world. I truly do. But let me tell you, even WITH a great man, it’s NOT happily. ever. after.
Much of life sucks. And coming to that realization, that it’s not going to be the fantasy you imagined, makes it much easier to deal when the hard times come.
And they will come. Life is hard.
Finances, sickness, in-laws, children, disabilities, addictions, unemployment, poverty, cancer, death . . .
The struggles will come. The hole we hoped the other person would fill is still empty. They weren’t meant to fill it anyway — we put our trust in a lie. Yes, marriage is wonderful, but it’s not the answer to the perfect life. And unless you’re both willing to work very hard, it could be the answer to why your life sucks.
But even with a wonderful marriage and many of the world’s blessings, life can still be a burden. We live in a world that groans for completion. We ALL have a need for completion that only God can fill . . . and even with Him in our lives, we’re still told we WILL have troubles.
But, we are not to be afraid. Jesus has overcome the world.
Hmmm . . .
Our hope is not in this world. It’s not in our marriages or our children’s successes. It’s not in our careers. It’s not in this place at all.
Our hope is in the Lord and in the place He is preparing for all who love Him.
For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face:
Now my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete
~1 Corinthians 13:12