Paradox / by daniel hamlin

It might just be me, but I feel like life is a series of paradoxes. You finally achieve something only to find out it wasn’t what you wanted, you finally arrive at a destination only to find out you want to go further, you finally have time to rest only to find out you have more energy than ever, you finally get enough sleep only to find out you aren’t rested. The list could go on forever. In surfing it is like finally riding the wave of your life. On the one hand there is a great satisfaction but on the other hand there is the realization that it could never truly satisfy; and so you paddle back out for more.

The same could be said spiritually. When I finally realized that only friendship with Jesus truly satisfies, I also realized that He is far too infinite and His love is far too good to ever be satisfied with merely being acquaintances with Him. He is the satisfaction of all our needs, desires, and longings; yet once you taste of His love it awakens a hunger for more.

CS Lewis once said something to the effect, “If I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy; then the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” I have allowed myself to be far too easily satisfied with things that don’t satisfy. I want to experience Jesus the way He is meant to be experienced—completely satisfied by Him yet longing for more of Him. It might sound like a paradox but when you spend time with Jesus somehow it makes perfect sense. Lewis also said, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” In my experience this is one of the ultimate truths when it comes to friendship with Jesus.