I used to find great comfort in knowing that almost everyone is in search of something more in their lives, because, for many years, I was in that quest, too. Most of the time, women I know would embark on what we’d usually call a soul search, just to discover what it is they have been put on Earth to do. The book Eat Pray Love, written by Elizabeth Gilbert, has appealed to numerous women because it was able to strike certain chords in their hearts, what with the expedition that she chose to take in India, Indonesia, and Italy, together with her healthy and guilt-filled culinary experience, relationship mishaps, and quest for genuine spirituality. Though there is a part of many of us that would want to spend thousands or even millions on shopping and travel sprees in the name of finding ourselves, those who have attempted to assuage their pain using these methods have ended up shattering their dreams, breaking their own hearts, and leaving their bank accounts empty. This elusive concept of “finding the missing piece” has sold billions of movie tickets, published gazillion of books, and made more people go after square pegs for the round holes in their hearts.
“Your real self will not come as long as we are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him.” —CS Lewis
Chasing an ideal career, being with your Prince Charming, eating all the ice cream you want, or having all the money in the world will never ever be able to fill the void that is making you feel restless, your existence meaningless, and letting your time go into waste. That void, that vast space, is a God-shaped hole in your heart that only a personal relationship with him can fill with joy and peace. Continue looking for yourself in other places and I assure you that you will never find it. Seek him and delight in him. Follow his Light. Not only will he give you the desires of your heart, but he will bless you with the great dream he has for your life.
“There is a God-shaped hole in all of us that only He can fill.” —Plumb
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” —Matthew 6:33