The Unattainable Earth

The Unattainable Earth is the title of a song on Daniel Amos’ Darn Floor-Big Bite
The title “The Unattainable Earth” is drawn from the book of the same name by Czeslaw Milosz, Polish Nobel laureate
Unattainable Earth in Polish is Nieobjeta Ziemia.

C.S. Lewis says that heaven must exist because in man there is a deep yearning for it and man does not yearn for things that do not exist. I believe this to be true, and I know I feel the yearning most often when I’m around good friends. As is necessity, spending time with good friends inevitably means you must part ways with them. Adriene and I think of some of the great times we’ve had in places like Huntsville and Nashville over the past year and also the mild depression that always seems to come afterwards. There’s always that ache when they are gone.

If I had to describe my friendships in one word, I’d have to use the word “temporary.” I always seem to be changing the rules of engagement with my friends. Sometimes it’s due to outside reasons, people move away, people get busy, people get married, have children, and so on. Sometimes, it just the constraints of time. I’m too busy or they are too busy. Sometimes it’s due to things people do. Friends do stuff and make me angry at them. Mutual friends have fallouts with each other and so we can’t all be together and the same time. Friends lose interest in me, and so on. Sometimes it’s due to things I do. I’m thoughtless and forget about them. I flippantly say something that offends or anger them. Regardless, it always seems that whatever type of friendship I have with someone, in a year or two, our relationship is totally different, for better or worse.

A lot of people have a lot of misconceptions about heaven. Based on my reading of scripture, I see two things that I know to be sure about eternity in the presence of God. First is that we will be praising God and worshiping Him. Second is that we, as the church of God, the Redeemed, will all be together. That to me, is the realization and fulfillment of the glimpses that I get everytime with a group of close friends, and we’re all enjoying ourselves, and laughing and smiling so much that your cheeks hurt, that’s the completion of ache we feel for unity with the Church. It’s so far out of reach here on earth, but I live with a hope that it’s not ultimately unattainable.