Saturday, October 22, 2011

Traveller, Not a Settler

It seems appropriate after writing my Homesick blog to share this devotional. God touched and encouraged my heart ...May He bless you too.


Below is taken from my 1925 copy of Streams in the Desert (emphasis added).

October 21

"For we know that if our earthly house of 
this tabernacle were dissolved, 
we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, 
eternal in the heavens" (2 Cor. 5:1)

  The owner of the tenement which I have occupied for many years has given notice that he will furnish but  little or nothing more for repairs. I am advised to be ready to move.

  At first this was not a very welcome notice. The surroundings here are in many respects very pleasant, and were it not for the evidence of decay, I should consider the house good enough. But even a light wind causes it to tremble and totter, and all the braces are not sufficient to make it secure. So I am getting ready to move.

  It is strange how quickly one's interest is transferred to the prospective home. I have been consulting maps of the new country and reading descriptions of its inhabitants. One who visited it has returned, and from him I learn that it is beautiful beyond description; language breaks down in attempting to tell of what he has heard while there. He says that, in order to make an investment there, he has suffered the loss of all things that he owned here, and even rejoices in what others would call making a sacrifice. Another, whose love to me has been proven by the greatest possible test, is not there. He has sent me several clusters of the most delicious fruits. After tasting them, all food here seems insipid.

 Two or three times I have been down by the border of the river that forms the boundary, and have wished myself among the company of those who were singing praises to the King on the other side. Many of my friends have moved there. Before leaving they spoke of my coming later. I have seen the smile upon their faces as they passed out of sight. Often I am asked to make some new investments here, but my answer in every cast is, "I am getting ready to move". --Selected

The words often on Jesus' lips in His last days express vividly the idea, "going to the Father". We, too, who are Christ's people, have vision of something beyond the difficulties and disappointments of this life.   We are journeying towards fulfillment, completion, expansion of life. We, too, are "going to the Father." Much is dim concerning our home-country, but two things are clear. It is home, "the Father's House." It is the nearer presence of the Lord.  We are all wayfarers, but the believer know it and accepts it. He is a traveller, not a settler.

The little birds trust God, for they go singing
From northern woods where autumn winds have blown,
With joyous faith their trackless pathway winging
To summer-lands of song, afar, unknown.

Let us go singing, then and not go sighing:
Since we are sure our times are in His hand, 
Why should we weep, and fear, and call it dying?
'Tis only flitting to a Summer-land.
-Selected

Have a blessed weekend friends,

1 comment:

  1. This is very good news. It's funny to me how hard we try to feel settled here...but we never really will until our hearts are settled There. xo

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