Life can be viewed from many different perspectives; as a play, a game, a book, an adventure, and several other options. I like to think of it as a journey. We can all identify with traveling, going places, taking vacations, or the daily commute to work.
The Bible describes Christians as aliens, pilgrims, strangers on this earth. I never thought I would feel like a stranger in this country, but at times I feel that way. Much of it has to do with making an earthly trip, while being spiritually aware of what is taking place. Many of the traditional values that I learned to love as a youngster and young adult have given way to a different set of values in a culture that increasingly sees self and materialism as higher priorities than spiritual matters.
My earthly journey has taken me many places; some thirty states, six foreign countries, to mountains, deserts, giant Redwood forests, tropical places, beaches, entertainment centers, golf courses, and many places off the beaten path. But each time, I looked forward to going home; there truly is no place like it. Home is a place of comfort, rest, familiarity, loving and caring people, good food, and peacefulness.
There is a Gospel song that comes dearer to me as the days grow shorter. It’s entitled, “Lord I’m Coming Home”, and the refrain is as follows: “Coming home, coming home, Never more to roam. Open wide thy arms of love, Lord I’m coming home.”
Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. – Jesus of Nazareth (John 14:1-4)