We’re in the process of moving back to Merced, CA, one of the towns in the Central Valley known as the “Gateway to Yosemite”. You know it’s bad when more than one town uses the title of “The Gateway to Yosemite.” None of them can be “the” gateway since there are several towns on the various roads going into Yosemite National Park. Okay, so I’m belaboring this point: Merced is not the most popular town to call home since it’s not viewed as a destination but simply as a passageway town among several that you can go through to get to Yosemite National Park. That said, we’re grateful for Merced, CA. At this point, it’s home, and we’re diving in with our whole selves, wholy engaged and looking forward to life as God gives us breath for another day at a time.
Though I can be discouraged about moving yet again and this time away from my home town, this morning’s devotion in God’s Word was refreshing as I was reminded that Abraham never really got to call Canaan his Home Town. He could call it his Future Home Town… well, actually, he could call it his great, great, great, great, great grandchildren’s home town. If Abraham would have as many kids as there was dust in Canaan, we can safely assume God was speaking of us, Abraham’s kids by way of faith. We too do have a home town to look forward to with Abraham and all of God’s people from Adam to Jesus’ return to the earth to judge it and forever rule humanity in glory.
In a sense, we never, in this life, really get to live in our home town as believers. We’re all pilgrims en route for Heaven and being with Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, being with GOD HIMSELF for eternity! All who put their trust in Jesus get to call Christ and Heaven our future glory, our hope in this life. We are on our way and we never arrive in this life. May our successes here not be prized so highly that we become prideful and dishonoring toward others we encounter day-to-day. May our being en route with God’s very Spirit in us and God’s other children next to us be a huge encouragement as we labor on in the love of our Savior.
Enjoy your day, friends!