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Longing for the Transcendence

By 29 January 2017September 26th, 2017No Comments

“As the deer pants for the water brooks so panteth my soul after you, O God” Psalm 42:1

The coming of Spring brings new hope to our hearts longing for a Reality beyond this dark, temporal and broken world.

Sitting on the beach enjoying the glorious sunset is the delight of all. For me, as for many, the breath-taking beauty is an “inkling of eternity” for which we are bound…

The two eagles soaring above, ever so effortlessly adds to a picture-perfect peace. The eagle’s strength is proverbial; to see a soaring eagle overhead is one of the most uplifting experience! With ease it negotiates.. making use of the air-currents (Isa40:31)! How we long to soar with them, above and away …!

Enjoying the beauty of Nature (although fallen), is a universal reflection of our longing for the Transcendence.

Indeed, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made,..” (Romans 1:20).

This probably helped C. S. Lewis to pen the following line of argument for the existence of God:

Premise One: Every innate desire points to a corresponding object of satisfaction.

Premise Two: We have innate desires that only God could satisfy.

Conclusion: Therefore, God exists.

As St Augustine famously said “You made us for yourself, Lord; our hearts are restless until they come to rest in you.”

Here Augustine underlined for us the truth eternal: we can only find our real worth, fulfilment, in God (and God alone) who created us for Himself.  Rest, soul rest, is found in finding and doing God’s Will and Purpose for our life.

By Dr Leong Chee Lu (YCKC Bulletin 29 January 2017)