The Longing

Updated addendum.

Are not all lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling (but faint and uncertain even in the best) of that something which you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for? You have never had it.

All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it—tantalising glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear.

But if it should really become manifest—if there ever came an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself—you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say ‘Here at last is the thing I was made for.’ We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work. While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all.”

From The Problem of Pain
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

What could this be but the desire to know God? Personally. Up close. Intimately. We are born with this call. This desire. God, Himself, puts that tiny seed into every DNA make-up of every person born of woman. If we lose this, we lose the very fundamental reason for existing. The very core of our original identity.   -g.w.

“What is the chief end of mankind? The chief end of mankind is to is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” -Westminster Shorter Catechism   – 1Corinthians 10:31: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.  –Ecclesiastes 3:11(NKJV)

Our Secret Place of One Desire

2 thoughts on “The Longing”

  1. I thought that sounded like Clive’s words. I haven’t yet read The Problem Of Pain.

    And yes, that is it, that the longing is for God. All other friendships had something or other go awry. At least from my experience. But it won’t be like that with Jesus. Ever.

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