Wednesday, June 15, 2011

No Place Like Home

As you all know, for the past week I was on vacation with my wife.  We had a wonderful time and saw many wonderful things.  We flew into a desert and drove up into the mountains.  We toured through Sedona and were amazed at the beautiful red rock formations.  We saw the Grand Canyon and all its majesty.  We drove through the Painted Desert and marveled at the beauty God created.  We visited the Petrified Forest and admired how God turned wood into jewels.  Beyond that, we ate at some very famous restaurants and had some very pleasant surprises along the road.   We enjoyed history on Route 66 and even got to stand on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.  We were touched by the friendliness and welcoming spirit of the Hopi Indians as we stayed in their hotels, ate at their restaurants, and had the chance to witness their culture first hand in one of their villages.  It was not many days, but we saw so much.  It was truly a great time and we were greatly blessed to have had that chance to get away.

Then we came home.  We came home to our same condo, to our same problems, to our same jobs, to our same friends and family, and to our same lives.  Vacations are nice, but they are not real life. They just take us away from real life for enough time for us to learn to appreciate what we have once again.  We appreciate the comfort of our routines, the closeness of our families, the companionship of our friends, and the comfort of our own homes. 

Of course there is a little bitter to the sweetness of our homecoming and that is our problems.  We have our bills (probably made worse by our vacation), we have jobs to go back to (usually with a backlog as the result of our vacation), and all those other things that add a little pain to our lives.  I am not saying we bemoan those things as we are called to rejoice even in them, but the reality is that there are some unpleasant things we return to when coming back from vacation. 

This, of course, begs a question.  Wouldn't it be amazing if there was a homecoming that did not involve the unpleasant things in our lives?  What if when we came home, our bills were all paid, we were in perpetual retirement, and our homes were bigger and better than anything we could have imagined while we were away.  Of course, we do have a homecoming just like that.  You see, this earth is just a placed we are passing through.  It is not our home though we make ourselves at home here for a time.  We are merely ambassadors of a kingdom unimaginable filled with wonders indescribable passing through this mortal realm for a short time.  Someday we will go home and we will go home forever.  That homecoming will be all sweet with no bitter as we begin our eternity in paradise.  For now we visit and earthly paradise to escape our earthly reality.  Someday we will dwell forever in God's paradise where the earth we know now is no longer a reality at all. 
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Philippians 3:20-21 NKJV

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