I know what it’s like to have hopes and then over time lose all hope. Or to be excited about something, only to have something else take all the air out of it.
Hope deferred seems to be a part of the story of scripture. Interestingly enough we read in Hebrews 11 that some died, still holding on to faith in God’s promises, seeing them from a distance, as if that was a significant part what kept them going.
We have longings or desires which may be met to a certain point in this life. Perhaps even fully to not at all. As C.S. Lewis suggested, perhaps there are longings within us which can’t at all be fulfilled by any and all good things in this life, suggestive of a fulfillment beyond this world.
Of course there are longings which are a natural part of this life, and in themselves are good, even though impacted by our sin. We can make them into idols. And we regularly waste or don’t do well with the gifts God gives us.
God by the Spirit gives us longings. We do well to test what desires or longings we have by scripture and with others, to see whether or not it is a gift from God. And when determine that it may be, we likewise do well to pursue that in prayer.
In the end the one thing that will satisfy completely and forever will be a relationship with God in and through Jesus and the communion that comes out of that relationship. A relationship of love shared with others. Most everything else good, most every other longing, somehow either points to or is fulfilled in some way, in that life, called “eternal life.”
Yes, all our good longings can be made known and fulfilled in and through Jesus, beginning in this life, together in him for the world.