One Day Closer to Home
On a recent cross-country trip, I was reading 2 Corinthians 5:1-4: “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, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, 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.”
Next to that passage I found a note from one of Pastor Mark Jeske’s messages. It read: “Every day we pitch our tent one day closer to home.”
Funny how things work, isn’t it, that a note I wrote in the mid-90s means more to me now? For the past six weeks, my family has been pitching our tent trailer one day closer to our new home. For our whole lives, we are all—maybe literally, but definitely figuratively—pitching our tent one day closer to home.
Maybe you’re in the busy stage of life—like the beginning of our trip when we set up our camper every night and took it down every morning, knowing a long drive was ahead. The temptation is to rush from place to place while not enjoying the beauty of the world around you. It seems like you’ll never rest.
Maybe you are in a calm—like when we stayed with relatives for a week. With lots of joy and contentment, these are the moments you cherish, the ones you’ll talk about for years.
Maybe you are in crisis—like when our trailer tire blew out on the side of I-94 and ripped a hole in our camper that took my husband and fabulous brother-in-law five days to repair. Running on adrenaline, you can get through the immediate problem. Frankly, though, the aftermath is exhausting, and you just wish you could be back in the calm.
Finally, maybe you see the end in sight—like we do as we hope to finally get into our own earthly home in the next few weeks. Both of my grandmas, when the time came, just wanted rest. They wanted to be home. (It isn’t just the elderly who feel that way.)
How is your journey coming along? Tonight, as you rest your head on your pillow, thank God that you are one day closer to home. One day closer to him.
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