There’s So Much More

There’s so much more. Heaven – imagine the best and there’s so much more. Relationships – imagine the love you dreamed about as a teenager and yearned for as an adult. Imagine unconditional love. There’s so much more. Imagine reaching the top rung of the corporate ladder, owning the most decked-out house, having the most flattering figure with a wardrobe to match, experiencing the best Christmas or birthday, accomplishing your highest goals, and realizing your deepest desire. There’s so much more.

There’s a story of an elderly woman, living in dire circumstances, who had a near-death experience. She said, “Suddenly, I was the child I had been at about seven years of age. I spoke and thought as I had then; there was no doubt in my mind I was that same child, not even remembering what it felt like to be an adult. I was in a parade, walking alongside a very high wall towards a gate. The parade was for me! People on the sidelines were throwing the most beautiful pink flower petals and cheering loudly, as they were happy to see me!  Then I saw my mother and sister on the sideline. My mother wanted me to go to her, but I said, ‘I want to go to the happy place.’ In the next instant, I awoke and found myself as the old lady I am.”[1]

She loved her mother and sister, but she couldn’t go to them. For her, there was so much more in the “happy place.”

Why do firemen run into a burning building? Why do policemen put on a uniform and go out to dangerous neighborhoods? Why do nurses and doctors get into their cars and head to the hospital during a blizzard? Why do teachers give up sleep to correct papers or work on a lesson plan? Why do missionaries risk their lives to spread the gospel?  For them, the satisfaction of helping others is so much more than cuddling up under a blanket and watching TV.

Do you, like me, have an unrealized dream or two, goals that you can never seem to reach, those you love who are far away? We have a heart that yearns for so much more. God made us that way! In the Bible, He says, “He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 KJV)

There’s a church in London that was devasted after one of Hitler’s bombing raids during World War II. Its walls were destroyed. There was no roof. Yet the congregation came and worshiped God amidst the rubble. The song they sang – “The Church’s One Foundation is Jesus Christ Her LORD.”[2]

How do we realize our dreams, find our dearest love, work in near-impossible circumstances or find our “happy place?” In the midst of the rubble of our lives, we find it in the One who put eternity in our hearts, our only sure foundation when everything around us just seems to fall apart. We find that our search for so much more has led to the one, true God, to Jesus. There is, after all, so much more in Him than our hearts can hold.

[1] The author.


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