It’s hard to have dear friends and family spread out across the country and, in some cases, the globe. Engaging in camp life provides countless opportunities to engage with the broader Kingdom of God’s Church and cultivate friendships all over the country. This however, lends itself to difficult goodbyes on a somewhat regular basis. As a result, God has been teaching and working some deep truths in my heart.
My most recent trip to the northeast (in February) proved to be yet another opportunity to put into practice what I’ve been learning. Transitioning to MI was definitely a huge adjustment and every time I return “home” to NH, my mind is flooded with thoughts and memories. But over the last few years, God has gradually worked into my heart a greater grasp of “home.”
I’m coming to a fuller understanding of what it means to live in light of my true home. I’m not talking about the house I currently live in, the place I grew up, or even my family and close circle of friends—my true Home rests in the Kingdom I was saved to dwell in and the Person who has redeemed my life! As long as I look to anything else, I will be left hurting and unfulfilled.
Isn’t it odd how we can be content where we are, and yet discontent because we’re not yet where we shall be eternally? Paul hits at this tension in Philippians 1:22-24 when he compares the gospel work that needs to be done, and his desire to be with the Lord. Interestingly, what propels Paul’s immensely difficult mission forward is a deeply rooted security in his true Home with the Father, through the saving work of Christ.
There’s so much hope in looking to our true Home. It makes our present challenges and fears pale in comparison. It produces joy because no matter what happens on earth, we have a Home, an inheritance, that cannot be destroyed or taken away (1 Peter 1:4).
No matter where I live, how many times I have to say goodbye, or what I face today, I can be at rest because my hope touches eternity. My heart can experience shalom knowing that I’m at home no matter where I live geographically—home for a sojourner.
This sojourner eagerly anticipates the day when we stand in our eternal Home before the Father—our Savior and Friend. But until that day, may we labor and serve with abandonment knowing that nothing can alter the security of our true Home.
With our hearts resting in the present reality of an unshakable Home, may we fully engage in the mission set before us!