“But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better” (Philippians 1:23).
Our continual pangs of longing, that no earthly experience is able to satisfy, are a compelling indicator that we are designed for something that transcends this life. This very idea serves as the basis for one of C.S. Lewis’ most weighty philosophical arguments for the eternal – Argument By Desire. God has set this desire within us as a reminder that the momentary things of this earth, while seemingly important, will soon fade away; that our hope should be set on him, and our best energies spent on things that will last forever.