The God-Shaped Longing We All Share

By: Jill Briscoe

In the middle of life as we live it, no matter what creed we adhere to or what culture we are of, there is this inner reach for something unreachable; a search for the unsearchable; a desire to comprehend the incomprehensible, and unscrew the inscrutable!  Above all there is this secret knowledge there is someone, somewhere, waiting for us; and a feeling that we should have come sooner to meet Him.  This is universal!

Next time you go to the grocery store, watch the young mother with her kid in the checkout line in front of you.  Look at her with new eyes.  Someone put eternity in her heart.  When you grab a coffee at your local coffeehouse, see the eyes of the young barista.  Are they bored and impassive with no spark or purpose?  Somebody put eternity in his heart.  Take a moment to smile at him and see if he might respond to a word of positive encouragement.  Remember– inside this boy there is the awareness of something missing–the God-shaped hole that looks for substance.  Carry a New Testament to give away, a small booklet, or an invitation to church.  You may be surprised how many people would respond to such a thing.

Maybe you are a schoolteacher.  Look over your classroom at all those little eternal people sitting in front of you and see them with new eyes.  “But,” you say, “we aren’t allowed to proselytize in the classroom!”  I know.  I was a teacher in the British school system.  Every day I had a chance to say something to someone about Him.  If there was interest I would ask them to drop by my classroom after school so I could give them something to read. 

Out on the playground or after hours, the relationships made in the classroom could be used to encourage a child who was hurting; find help for the one being bullied; reach out to the ones heading in the wrong direction; and generally explain (as the opportunity arose) why there is a longing for something more, something better, something their souls were reaching for.  Someone (and I knew Who) had put eternity in their hearts!

I was led to Christ by a nurse.  When she was working she found ways to talk to many patients a day about the Lord.  Using tact and choosing your moments, you can share the truth of God in the marketplace, the workplace, the classroom, or wherever you go.

God has implanted eternal awareness of Himself. We have it when we are playing, working, or when we are living or dying.  When we are weeping or when we are laughing; when we are mourning or when we are dancing; when we are searching or when we give up. 

Jill Briscoe is the Founder and Executive Editor of Just Between Us magazine.