It was one of those interrupted moments in life where God’s plans intercepted with ours.
We had spent the day
in the big city in a neighboring town with more amenities than we are accustomed to. The grandparents were visiting, so we went to catch a movie, enjoy a meal, and do a little shopping.
The last stop on the list was our coveted treat at Dairy Queen before our more than an hour drive back home.
It was then that she crossed the street and stopped my husband from completing his turn to ask where the nearest park was so that she could pitch her tent to sleep for the night.
She wasn’t an old, homeless woman but a young traveler.
My husband told her that we weren’t too familiar with the area but that he was happy to check a map and point her in the right direction.
As I’m always wanting to feed everyone, I invited her to come to Dairy Queen with us. She and her larger-than-her pack found their way into the truck. We then sat in the establishment where she filled us in on her amazing adventures and we filled her belly.
While her bravery and sense of adventure inspired me, I couldn’t help but think that I couldn’t at all relate to what she told us about her lack of desire to settle down in a place she could call home.
Her home is the road.
She works a job only long enough to earn the money required to take her next trip. She relies on herself and on the kindness of others to pursue her dream of seeing the world.
While fascinated, I couldn’t help but feel sad for her and her family. Not only must they miss her and worry about her safety, but doesn’t everyone long for a place they can call home?
Not too many days later, we were watching a documentary about an atheist church of all things. It was an interesting look at a group of people who long for the fellowship that church members feel with one another but without God.
The host called it their home.
It made me think of our weary traveler who finds her home not in a location but in her travels. For her, home is in a different place each day.
For the seekers in the documentary, they are longing to find a sense of home in the company of others.
These events made me ponder the idea of home.
My thoughts drifted to Scripture…
“For we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.” ~Hebrews 13:14 (NKJV)
1 Peter and Hebrews 11 refer to believers as sojourners, pilgrims, strangers, and aliens.
In John 18:36, Jesus told us that His kingdom is not of this world. In the previous chapter, Jesus said that we are not of this world either.
In the beginning of John 14, Jesus tells us that our hearts need not be troubled because He is preparing a place for us in His Father’s house. He promises to return for us that we may live there forever with Him.
This world is not our home.
Perhaps our traveler understands this better than I do.
HE is our home.
Those in the documentary are seeking home but without the only One who can offer it to them.
So while I love the place that I feel blessed to call home, I need to remember that my true home awaits my arrival.
Who knew that a young woman who has no desire for that which I love would remind me of a very important lesson in life?
We are wise to listen closely to those with whom we feel we cannot relate. They might just have something to teach us after all.
For those in the documentary who are seeking their home, I fervently pray that they find it in the person of Jesus Christ.
As we drove her to her destination for the evening, we were showered with thanks and praises for our kindness towards our weary, traveling friend. I wish I had the chance to tell her that it was her who was the blessing to us.
She made me remember the teachings of my faith.
May we all remember to thank God for our earthly blessings but to set our hearts on the things above rather than the things of this earth. (Colossians 3:1-4)
May we store our treasures not on earth but in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-21)
May we most especially remember to pray for those who are still seeking the true meaning of home.
It’s not found here.
It’s found in Him.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” ~John 14:6 (NKJV)
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank and praise You for the blessings of our earthly homes whether we find them in one place, on our travels, or amongst our friends. It is my fervent prayer that we would remember that these are temporary dwellings and that our hearts and minds must be set on our eternal homes that are found only in You. For those of us who eagerly wait, thank You for granting us the peace of Your promises in the meantime. For those who do not yet know in whom our true dwelling place is found, I pray, Lord, with my whole heart that they would seek You and that they would find You. In Your matchless name we pray. Amen.
What do you think? When have you listened with an open heart to someone you thought you couldn’t relate to only to have them remind you of an important truth?
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