In Max Lucado’s book When God Whispers Your Name, he told a story about a fish. In the book, he said, “Take a fish and place him on the beach. Watch his gills gasp and scales dry. Is he happy? No! How do you make him happy? Do you cover him with a mountain of cash? Do you get him a beach chair and sunglasses? Do you bring him a Playfish magazine and martini? Do you wardrobe him in double-breasted fins and people skinned shoes? Of course not. Then how do you make him happy? You put him back in his element. You put him back in the water. He will never be happy on the beach simply because he was not made for the beach.”
The same is true for us. We will never be completely happy here on earth because we’re not made for earth. We are strangers traveling in this world. Our true citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). As long we are living in this temporary world, there will be tough times. No guarantee that our life will be easy. Not until we get to our permanent home with our Father in heaven. For no one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). But until then, we have to lower our expectations of earth. Not depending on our understanding but knowing God’s will.
There will never be anything that can satisfy our hearts here on earth. Not a new house or any material things. Not even friends or family members. Only God can, through Christ Jesus.