Man has always had a fascination with the sky, be it the clouds, moon, mars or just the wider universe in general. As a child, I myself spent many nights simply looking at the sky and counting the stars as they appeared. I used to do this with astonishment and wonder as I pondered about the greatness of the universe and question how the splendor of all that I beheld came about.

Maybe this is why men like Christopher Columbus braved the uncharted seas to find new lands, or Sir Edmund Percival Hillary ventured to be the first man to climb Mount Everest. There is something that is placed deep within man to go out and find more, to open doors and do more, to search for things unknown and acquire more.

Desiring to have more and longing for new heights are excellent character traits to which all of us have in varying measures. We need to do this to satisfy our needs, our desires, our pleasures or even to fill the void in our lives. So much so, that sometimes the longing to fill these missing elements have caused many of us to make poor and rushed decisions. To our detriment we accelerate to fill these voids and choose the wrong spouse, wrong profession or job, wrong friends, etc.

If not falling prey to a bad decision, on the flip side, we might make a good life decision but in the end you still feel empty and alone at moments. After you acquire this wonderful thing that you longed for it now seems dull and boring. After labouring so hard for it and getting it in hand, somehow it loses its appeal and value.  Just this week I was speaking to a friend who echoed the same sentiments. The friend listed a barrage of good things they acquired, but yet they feel empty and without substance. Now tell me, is not life strange.

All that longing and desiring for physical things never seems to live up to their expectation in the end. While writing this blog the scripture from Ecclesiastes came to mind:

Ecclesiastes 1:14 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

What shall we do then? Shall we give up and quench the need for the things around us? Definitely not! My friend, I encourage you to channel that same longing for fulfilment by rerouting these desires from horizontal fulfilment to vertical fulfilment.  I encourage you to LOOK UP, LOOK UP to the heavens and the God of the universe. Do you truly want to be happy in this life? Then stop spending so much time running after physical things that do not profit.  Spend some time looking back on your life today and ask yourself this question, “in all that I have acquired in my life, what has truly satisfied and fulfilled me?”.

I strongly believe that true fulfilment only comes from a relationship with our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. That joy and peace that the Lord gives is everlasting and incomparable to anythings else and as one friend to another I say – TRY HIM TODAY.

Use that explorative and yearning nature within and search for the spiritual and ease up running after the physical, STOP RUNNING AFTER THE VOID. Look to the heavens and truly live!

The things is, when we look to Him, He in return will look to us. It first starts with us.

Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Forget what you have done yesterday or even way back in the past, forget what you think you might do tomorrow to mess up. Put aside for a moment what was done to you or what you have done to others that might be affecting your relationship with the Lord. Do something for YOURSELF today! Look up to the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2) and allow Him to put true and long-lasting happiness in your life once and for all.

PS: Dane Miller was last seen purchasing a telescope.

Your Brother in the Lord,

Dane Miller | Author

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