By Dr. James A. Perkins
WHY? We all ask why, because we have a deep need to figure out the reason we exist. Indian-born author and apologist Ravi Zacharias describes it, saying, ”No matter how much we try to run away from this thirst for the answer to life, for the meaning of life, the intensity only gets stronger and stronger. We cannot escape these spiritual hungers.” You know the feeling, don’t you?
WHAT? We keep searching for the elusive something. As a child, wewanted toys. As a teenager, we imagined that dating the person of our dreams would satisfy. As adults, we hope that family, money, house, cars, success, etc. might be it. Yet nothing meets our deepest longing, so the empty feeling inside remains. We want, but can’t find what it is.
WHERE? We imagine our dream world will do it – a mountain chalet, a beach home, a New York penthouse, living in Disney World. In so many ways we seek paradise. The problem is that no location ultimately makes us happy. We end up wishing upon a star but our dreams don’t come true.
WHEN? In 1983, “Ruby and the Romantics” sang the #1 pop song “Our Day Will Come.” Years later, Amy Winehouse did a remake of the tune, and wistfully sang about her everlasting love for her boyfriend, singing, “Our day will come, and we’ll have everything.” The tragedy is that Amy died of an overdose, then the song was released posthumously. Isn’t it ironic that her day never came?
WHO? While our why, what, where, and when don’t really satisfy, one option waits for us. – the who! And who we desperately long for is Jesus. You see, when you find who you really seek, then the why, what, where, and when all fall in line. We are made to enjoy a personal relationship with Christ, and in Him is the meaning to life. It’s like author Max Lucado writes, “The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: ‘grace.’” And Jesus’ grace is the why!
So St. Augustine rightly said it all: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”