Tuesday, April 12, 2011

This is not our home

Last month I posted a video of the song Blessings.

I absolutely believe that the Lord leads us to specific Scripture, messages and music to speak to our hearts during certain seasons of life. This is one of those songs for me. I have listened to it so frequently that I will forever associate Blessings with this time of unemployment and waiting on God.

There are two phrases in particular that keep running through my head as I go about my days:

We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home,
It's not our home

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy

Trials and suffering so often lead to questions and doubts. Why me? Why us? Why now? Why God?

But here's the thing that this song reminds me: this is not our home. We were not created for this world. We are created for eternity. We are created for Heaven. We are created to worship and glorify God all our days.

We have this incorrect idea that our goal in life is happiness. Or at least the absence of sadness and pain.

That is not scriptural. That is not Biblical.

Every disappointment
Every trial
Every heartache
Every loss
Every rejection
Every ounce of pain
Every moment of sadness and grief
Every bit of suffering

These are reminders that this is not our home. We will never find the kind of satisfaction and fulfillment that we desire this side of Heaven. We will always be left with a bit of aching and longing for something more.

These things are revealing a greater thirst that this world can't satisfy.

My human flesh wants to run with passion away from loss, heartache, pain, rejection, and trials that this world brings. I should want to be conformed to the image of Christ, but that process can be so painful.

I no longer need to ask why. I know why. Because this world is not my home. God has never promised ease of living this side of Heaven. That's a hard truth to swallow, but I believe recognizing that truth can change how we view our days on earth.

Remind me Lord, and my friends too, that the dark days, hard moments, oceans of tears, hours of heartache, endless trials, physical pains - they are of this world. And you are not. We are not. We are made for eternity. Remind us that our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. We love you Lord and we are so thankful that this is not our home.

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