Ever since I was a little girl, a slightly desperate and always nauseating feeling would at times engulf me. It took me a while to name it. It felt like that awful week of Girl Scout camp. But how could I feel homesick even when I was at home?!?
There are many blessings that have come with the awfulness of my mood disorder. Not the least of which is my understanding that life here is small. We are finite. This world is temporary. There is so much more beyond what we know or understand.
Some of it is ugly. Dark. So dark. Overwhelming. How can we possibly overcome all that darkness?
We all know evil exists. That it destroys and kills. But do we face it? Defeat it?
Bigger than the evil that thrives in darkness and disguises itself as light, is the Light, the Good.
God is bigger. God is stronger.
We have a choice. To spend eternity in darkness and pain. Or in light, joy, and peace.
Sometimes it’s such a relief to remember this world is not my home, that it’s not all there is. It’s not the best there is.
Along with the blessing of eternity with God, comes the blessing of freedom to live more, here and now.
You know that a price was paid to redeem you from following the empty ways handed to you by your ancestors; it was not paid with things that perish (like silver and gold), but with the precious blood of the Anointed, who was like a perfect and unblemished sacrificial lamb. God determined to send Him before the world began, but He came into the world in these last days for your sake. Through Him, you’ve been brought to trust in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him for the very reason that your faith and hope are in Him.
A high price was paid. For YOU. You can trust the God who always knew and will always have a plan. Despite the darkness. In Him, your future is secure.
And in Him, you do not have to live an empty life.
Christ’s blood sets us free from the emptiness we inherit as the descendants of Adam and Eve.
It’s up to us to live in that freedom.
Since the One who called you is holy, be holy in all you do. For the Scripture says, “You are to be holy, for I am holy.” If you call on the Father who judges everyone without partiality according to their actions, then you should live in reverence and awe while you live out the days of your exile.
This. world. is. NOT. my. HOME.
And I’m good with that. Most of the time. But when I’m confused and just want things to be easier or more comfortable, it at least makes my awkwardness and discomfort, and my seemingly random homesickness, make sense.
While this world is not my home, and I know that in Christ I have so much to look forward to, more and better than my limited mind can imagine, I have to remember I don’t live in emptiness any more. Empty acts, words, thoughts, are my choice.
To live a full life, I need to choose to live the life for which I’ve been redeemed, the life to which I am called.
Now that you have taken care to purify your souls through your submission to the truth, you can experience real love for each other. So love each other deeply from a pure heart. You have been reborn–not from seed that eventually dies but from seed that is eternal–through the word of God that lives and endures forever. For as Isaiah said:
All life is like the grass, and its glory like a flower;
The grass will wither and die, and the flower falls,
But the word of the Lord will endure forever.
This is the word that has been preached to you.
Have you heard the enduring word and accepted its Truth? Do you know this life is finite, and the world to come, with Him in light or apart from Him in darkness, is eternal? Are you living in faith and hope for the life to come? Are you living in reverence and awe, submitting to the truth and being purified to love others and live a full life in freedom?
All Scripture taken from The Voice New Testament.
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