“Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile, we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling…Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 5 [selected verses]
A friend recently shared her fiasco in simply trying to make her way home while traveling in the world of commercial flying. Geographically, she wasn’t that far away but with the need to make several changing and connecting flights, the reality was that she may as well have been half way around the world! All she wanted to do was to be home!
Perhaps you are able to relate to my friend’s dilemma from some of your own traveling experiences. I certainly can! In spite of our well thought out planning; our due-diligence in being prepared, life is not always in our control. How do we, then, actually prepare for the unexpected and continue making our way when there can be so many road blocks?
One story, which we all share, is that this world is not our final destination! Each day is just one more “leg” of our journey. Sometimes we actually make it from morning to nighttime without a single “hitch in our get-along.” Oh how glorious!! Most days, however, our patience is cancelled, our energy gets rerouted and our faith is all but homeless.
God has created within each one of us, a desire to “go home.” Scripture tells us,
“For while we are in this tent (our physical body) we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” [2 Corinthians 5:4]
Our heavenly home, we are told, is a place where everything and everyone lives and moves in harmony. It is written,
“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” [Revelation 21:3-4]
Jesus has purchased out ticket to “go home!” He has made all of the travel arrangements and in Him we can trust that He knows for each one of us the very best route to get us there.
Dear God, open my eyes to see every part of my life journey today, whether perceived as traveling in “first class or coach,” or, perhaps even “standby,” as being a part of your ultimate plan in getting me home. AMEN
To The One Who doesn’t always see, that “the shortest distance between two points is a straight line” as being the best way to get us home.