What have you ever yearned for? When I was a kid I had anxiety issues, I would pace around the house until my mom would come home from work like a strung out celebrity. I would desire her to come home so bad that it hurt (honestly I was always sure she was going to die and all hope would be lost)… so I paced, and yearned. I yearned for the moment she would walk through the front door and we would be together Now she has a dog to do that, Penny will wait outside for her staring into the distance every day, waiting for her Mother’s triumphant return (my mom is a popular lady). But apparently little boys and dogs are not the only creatures that yearn. Paul wrote it this way:
“For all of creation is waiting, yearning for the time when the children of God will be revealed. You see, all of creation has collapsed into emptiness, not by its own choosing, but by God’s. Still he placed within it a deep and abiding hope that creation would one day be liberated from its slavery to corruption and experience the glorious freedom of the children of God” (Romans 8:19-21 The Voice). Shockingly enough I did not create yearning, a deep desire for restoration. Sin did. With Adam’s screw up in the garden, he not only marred the future of humanity, but he did a number on all of creation. In one cataclysmic moment, the entire universe began to decay and die. Depressing right? One man’s choice brought a curse of death on lions and mosquitos, no wonder they try to eat us. But there’s hope. A deep and abiding one. One day, Jesus will return and liberate everything once and for all! No more death, tears, war, or anxiety. There will be no more yearning, because reconciliation will be complete. Total peace. How much different would our lives be today if we live with this hope in mind?