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Hungry for Heaven

Do you ever have days when you’re filled with an inexplicable longing?

Days when you want everything and nothing in particular all at the same time?

Where you just feel unsatisfied?

I do.

And when those days come around I feel kinda bad because I know that God’s given me the “secret of being content in any and every situation…I can do all this through him who gives me strength”.  Philippians 4:12-13

Shouldn’t we as believers and children of God be satisfied and content always?

None of us want to live in a place of discontentment and dissatisfaction.

But may I suggest that this longing, this feeling that something is missing – that we’re living the wrong life – may partially be from God.

That when we’re longing to be held in a way no human arms can hold,

to be heard in a way no human ears can hear,

to be known fully and

loved perfectly,

we are actually longing for eternity. 

“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

I felt this way a lot in my teenage years (what teenager doesn’t?) and when I was just having one of those days I started calling it being Hungry for Heaven.

And if my friends or family asked me what was wrong, and I just couldn’t find the right words to explain, I’d simply say “I’m hungry for heaven today”.

This is the tension we face as believers.

Living this life to the fullest, always knowing it’s only temporary.

Embracing all God’s given us here on earth, with gratitude and joy, knowing one day we’ll leave it all behind for our true home in heaven.

It’s okay to be hungry for more because we were made for more.

I hope you don’t lose your hunger for heaven.

*Photos from a trip to Fiji in 2008.
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15 thoughts on “Hungry for Heaven

  1. Hungry for Heaven…I love that! Sometimes the craziness of this world gets in the way of this. We forget that everything in this life is just temporary….leading us to our REAL LIFE with Christ in heaven. I am so excited to see Him and to be with Him in heaven forever. 🙂

  2. I love this! I was so needing to read this today too.. the past couple of weeks i’ve been feeling this way and when it comes right down to it the only thing i’ve been lacking is my time with God. I’ve been so busy that I’ve put it on the back burner. I love this post!

    So glad you stopped by the other day!! xoxoxo

  3. Love this! It’s so true. I like that you gave it a name. I will have to start reminding myself of that when I’m in those ruts and having those days.

  4. I had a really similar high school experience although I only finally put on my finger on Heaven as the source of my longing when I read Mere Christianity and C.S. Lewis writes that if he wants something that nothing in this world can satisfy then it must mean he was made for another world. That’s when the lightbulb went off for me. I love your “hungry for heaven” explanation.

    Have you read Things Unseen by Mark Buchanan? It’s his book on Heaven and it really resonated with me.

    Thanks for the great post today!

  5. Thanks for this Heather. Such a good reminder that these moments of being discontent may not actually be something that we need to try to “do” anything about. I’m realizing how often I try. If I do not feel totally “full,” often my response is to fix or fill it as if I am doing something wrong. This is a wonderful reminder that there is “more” … that we are meant for “more”… and in that realization, we can fall and rest in the grace of God and thank Him for the full life He promises us here and now… of knowing Him. The full life that will satisfy completely when we step into eternity.

  6. I 100% agree with this and totally feel like longing for Heaven is a part of being a Christian… walking with God each day and knowing that we are not “of this world”… oh man I can not wait for Heaven!! Have you listened to Phil Wickham’s CD “Heaven & Earth”? It pretty much takes me to heaven with each listen! http://philwickham.com/music/

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