We were made for what is beyond the physical world. We live there already is so many ways as a physical human being. Encased in this human body is a heart which constantly feeds off of and exudes hopes, dreams, aspirations, desires, and more.
What is transcedence? I saw a very short definition “finding purpose beyond time and space. That sums it fairly well. It relates to our longing for more than what we find in this world.
C. S. Lewis captured the longing for transcendence in very precise words. He knows about transcendence.
The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex.
‘If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage.
I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.
Transcendence relates to our work here and our longing to live larger than we most of the time live. It is related to to realizing that our country is beyond and that we were design to live in a way honoring that desire for country in us and going there to that great country one day.
Is that longing a part of your heart? Would you join me a Jesus in finding the country we were ultimately made for?