Longing. We are creatures of longing. When we misdiagnose the object of this longing, then we become frustrated and disappointed. Our longings for a relationship often get frustrated in conflict. Our longings for satisfaction get frustrated in discontent. Our longings for significance get frustrated by our own inadequacies.
J. R. R. Tolkien diagnoses the roots of our longing: “We all long for [Eden], and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most humane, is still soaked with a sense of ‘exile.’”
The longings of our hearts are frustrated from this exile, but these longings are properly satisfied in the dwelling place of God originally found in Eden. God’s presence in his dwelling place satiates our longings for relationship, satisfaction and significance, and the opening chapters of Genesis show how God intended those longings to be properly satisfied—in Eden.
God made us for himself as his images in the Garden-temple in Eden (Gen 1–2). God’s presence gives life and purpose in Eden, so we should not wonder that “our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Him