Traveling is fun. You get to see beautiful things and meet wonderful people, and you are able to relax, to exercise and eat good food; all without the normal stresses of being at home and running a household and family and job. Traveling provides a nice little "vacation" from life.
I don't know about you, however, but as much as I like to
travel, I'm always happy to get back home. There is truly nothing like
my own bed, and as much as I get tired of doing my own cooking, eating out
everyday really does get old over time.
This reminds me of Israel's story.
They, too, went on a trip. Theirs, however, was not really a "vacation";
rather they were forced to leave their homes and flee to Egypt in order
And survive they did. Though there was severe famine
in the land, God had prepared everything in advance for them. He had
forewarned Pharaoh in a dream, He had placed Joseph in Egypt to prepare
for the upcoming seven years of famine, and when the time was right,
Joseph extended an invitation to his entire family to move to Egypt
where they would be cared for. Despite the severity of the famine going
on around them, the Bible records: "Now the Israelites settled in
Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were
fruitful and increased greatly in number" (Gen. 47:27 NIV).
But wait. Egypt wasn't their home. Were they in danger of forgetting
that they truly belonged in the land of Canaan?
This reminds me
of yet another journey we are all undertaking...the journey through life
on Earth. There are many troubled times, yes; but there is also much
beauty around us along the way, and for most, it's a pleasant life. But
let's remember Eccl. 3: "He has also set eternity in the human
heart..." (Eccl. 3:11a NIV). We weren't created for the life we
have here. We were created for eternity. Like Israel of old, are we in
danger of forgetting where we truly belong?
Although his family
quickly settled into their lives in the Land of Goshen, Jacob never forgot
that Egypt was not his home: "When the time drew near for Israel to
die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, 'If I have found
favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you
will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, but
when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where
they are buried." (Gen. 47:28-31 NIV).
In the same way, we
must also remember that this world is not our home. Is it for naught
that we are advised to, "...set your hearts on things above, where
Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things
above, not on earthly things." (Col. 3:1-2 NIV)? Just like Israel
in Egypt, we can enjoy the blessings God has given us here; however, we
must never forget: "...our citizenship is in heaven..." (Phil.
3:20 NIV); and "...this world is not our permanent home; we are
looking forward to a home yet to come." (Heb. 13:14-27 NLT).
Jesus tells us, "...seek first his kingdom and his
righteousness..." (Matt. 6:33a NIV). When we follow His excellent
advice, not only will: "...all these things will be given to you as
well" (Matt. 6:33b NIV), but we will be ensuring that we,
"...set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the
right hand of God." (Col. 3:1 NIV).
If it feels so right to
return home from vacation, imagine what it will be like to go to our
Heavenly home after our little "trip" on Earth?
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two,
Author -- "Aboard
God's Train -- A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer",
Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter,
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