The Longing Heart: Embracing the Hope of Easter

by | Mar 25, 2024 | Easter, emotions | 26 comments

A Twitter video short captured a baby hearing his mother for the first time after receiving hearing aids. When his mother spoke to him, he started to smile. But as the sounds registered, emotion overwhelmed his tiny features.

Why would a baby, who’d never heard any voice before, be overcome the first time he heard his mother’s? Had he longed to understand his mother’s moving lips as I’ve wanted to understand my dog’s imploring eyes? Can we miss something we’ve never experienced?

I think we’ve all felt that mysterious longing for something beyond our reach. This reminded me of great thinkers who’ve described this longing.

  • “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” C. S. Lewis”
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  • “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.” Blaise Pascal
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  • “O God, you made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” Augustine
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  • “Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:16 NIV)

The Longing

There seems to be a longing in every human heart for something our hands and minds can’t grasp. But those who walk with God receive tastes like the baby who received his hearing.

“But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.” (1 Corinthians 2:10 NLT)

As we approach Easter I think of the disciples who’d seen—

  • Jesus heal the lame and the blind
  • Demons submit in Jesus’ name
  • Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead
  • Jesus stump the learned religious leaders

But the hours leading to the crucifixion would turn their world upside down.

  • One of their own would betray Jesus.
  • Their religious leaders would mock and break their own laws to condemn Him.
  • The justice system would betray justice.
  • Their Lord would be crucified.
  • The voice of the One they loved would be silenced.

For three days, they would live in the darkness of lost hope; in the death that separated them from their Lord. Have you been there? Can you feel their despair?

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I’m thankful I live on the other side of Calvary. But it helps to remember there would be no Easter without Good Friday. In this life, we must walk through our own paths of darkness.

“For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)” (Romans 8:22-25 NLT)

Because of Easter, death is never the end of the story for the believer. Those in Christ Jesus are promised a resurrection. Life triumphs over the grave. Light dispels the darkness.

Because of Easter Paul could write:

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT)

The baby’s amazement at hearing his mother’s voice foreshadows the thrill we’ll experience when we finally see Jesus. It will be better than we can imagine.

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A thriving relationship with God is not built on our perfect performance but on our trust in a gracious Savior.

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Michele Morin

    Easter is truly our doorway to hope! Blessings to you and yours as you celebrate resurrection in your home!

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    • Debbie W. Wilson

      Thank you, Michele! And to you and yours.

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  2. Ann Musico

    AMEN Debbie!!!! Wishing you and your family a blessed and beautiful Resurrection Day!!

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    • Debbie W. Wilson

      Thank you, Ann. God bless you and your family!

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  3. Nancy E. Head

    Yearning for the day of no more pain, no more suffering, no more death. Thanks, Debbie. God bless!

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  4. Kim Henry

    Love this Debbie! Have a blessed Easter!

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    • Debbie W. Wilson

      Thank you, Kim. I hope you and your family enjoy a special Easter.

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  5. Gayl

    What a beautiful reminder of what Jesus has done for us in His willingness to go to the cross. Because of His resurrection, He conquered death, so as you reminded us – death is not the end. It’s the beginning of a life, the likes of which we can’t even imagine. What a great God and wonderful Savior we have! When we are tempted to despair, we need to remember the cross, the resurrection and look forward to the glorious life that awaits us with our Lord. Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #LetsHaveCoffee.

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    • Debbie W. Wilson

      Gayl, the older I get the more I appreciate what He has accomplished for us. We have so much to look forward to!

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  6. Donna

    Thank you, Debbie for such a beautiful Easter post! So filled with Hope, and I enjoyed sitting here basking in the truth of your (God’s!) words.
    May you and your family enjoy the blessed Resurrection Sunday!

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    • Debbie W. Wilson

      Thank you, Donna. I hope the same for you and your family!

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  7. Joanne Viola

    This is such a hope-filled message. “In this life, we must walk through our own paths of darkness.” Easter fills us with hope of possibilities in and through Christ Jesus. Have a blessed Easter, Debbie.

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    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Joanne. You too!

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  8. Connie O'Neil

    Enjoyed this so much Debbie! Wonderful insight into how we feel in this life! So thankful for Jesus and his sacrifice to save us!

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    • Debbie W. Wilson

      Yes, so very thankful for Jesus! Thanks, Connie.

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  9. Gina Castell

    Yes Lord,
    We will love your appearing!
    Gina ❤️

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    • Debbie Wilson

      Amen! Have a wonderful Easter!

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  10. Yvonne Morgan

    Those videos make me cry.

    I do long for all the suffering of this world to dim as we reach our heavenly home. Thank you Debbie. Blessings on your Easter.

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    • Debbie Wilson

      Me too, Yvonne! The longing grows more intense as the darkness seems to get thicker. Have a blessed Easter!

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  11. Candyce Carden

    Debbie, this is beautiful. We’ll never be totally complete until we satisfy our thirst for Him.

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    • Debbie Wilson

      Yes. And we must keep drinking from that well. Thanks, Candyce.

      Reply
  12. Annie Yorty

    Debbie, this is a beautiful message that makes me long for even more for my Father. But I know He’s with me as I wait for my real home.

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    • Debbie Wilson

      I know. Maybe it’s my age or the times we live in, but the longing sure seems to be more intense.

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  13. J.D. Wininger

    So very sorry I was unable to get to read this before Easter my friend. Nevertheless, I’m always encouraged by your God-honoring posts. Thank you, and thank You Lord for the hope you have given me.

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    • Debbie Wilson

      J.D., thank you! You are a faithful friend and encourager. I appreciate you.

      Reply

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