Some days, events are so tumultuous and the world so wicked, one searches for the air evacuation in exasperation, asking, “How long, Oh Lord?” Earlier this week, I read an account of a father and son from a nomadic people group were on a long journey. Typical of kids everywhere, the son asked his dad, "Are we there yet?" The dad promptly replied, "We're never 'there' my child. We're nomads." If that doesn't capture the essence of what our mindset should be like on this earthly sojourn as people of God, nothing does.
Hebrews 11:13 and the verses following says of people who have sojourned this planet during their lifetimes doing God’s work, yet never truly finding a place at which they feel at home, “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”
When the troubles of the world are so prevalent that you find yourself feeling as if you’re just not quite at home, remember that if you’re a Jesus follower, you’re not. We press on through the struggles of life, comforted and energized by the knowledge that, by faith, there is a place being prepared for us – a Grand and Glorious place - and we’re not there yet! Therefore Brothers, Sisters, and Friends - in faith - Press on!