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That God shaped hole

The French philosopher Blaise Pascal did not actually say that the human heart had a God-shaped hole in it. What he actually wrote in reference to the unfulfilled longings of the human heart was: “what else does this craving and this helplessness proclaim but that there was once in a man a true happiness of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him … though none can help since this infinite abyss can only be filled … by God Himself.”

 This “empty print and trace” is the echo of our most profound loss – the loss of an intimate and personal knowledge of an infinite yet personal God who made us for relationship with Himself. Though the Bible tells us that originally man was made in the image of God with a full and unfettered freedom to communicate and relate to Him man chose self-interest and rebellion instead of obedience and happy communion. The relationship was severed, the image was corrupted and the infinite loneliness of the human heart began.

But God did not abandon us for we read in the Bible (Ecclesiastes 3:11) that God planted (the awareness of) eternity in the hearts of men. We never lost in our innermost beings the sense that we were made for something – Someone other than ourselves. The constant striving of men to reach beyond themselves has shaped our history in an almost innumerable variety of ways but still we remain unfilled and unsatisfied. A very early Christian theologian called Augustine put it this way: “Lord you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you”.

Much more recently the well-known writer from Northern Ireland, C.S.Lewis said this:

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

 Maybe you need to seriously consider the possibility that there is more to this life than simply what can be seen or heard or touched … perhaps your heart’s longing is really God’s echo to tell you that there is more … and the more is HIM.