Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Wanderer

For the last week I have been living via car and camper, traveling, hiking, riding, biking Colorado. It has been a journey full of picturesque scenery, mountains and dunes galore, family bonding, family bickering, and dirty people smells. We have put away our technology, electricity, and our even lacking an abundance of clean water.

All this traveling and star catching has got me thinking, pondering, meditating on life.

It's just like when life gets simple- bonfire cooking, being surrounded with the people you love so much that they drive you crazy, and seeing the beautiful, beautiful country air--the world seems to get a little bit smaller. There is not so much that you care about- but the things you do care about come to a bigger importance. You realize there are fewer things that matter and the things that do matter are: family, relationships, laughter, nature, and most importantly Christ.

I think that so often we forget that we are only wanderers, passerby's, and tourists in this rat race we call life on  Earth. And while the smallest decisions and events here and now may make us cry, and cringe, and othertimes dance around for joy. In the spectrum of eternity I have to wonder where on the scale do these events fall.

It's so hard sometimes in the middle of college life, or work to just stop and pause and realize “This is not it” and that money, new job opportunities, fame, technology- none of it will last unless it is for Christ’s honor and glory and profitable to His name. Only one thing will last forever and that’s what we do for Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. It’s so hard for us to see the big picture of life and what our purpose is.

Have you ever heard the song “Friends are friends forever if the Lord’s the Lord of Him.” Only the relationships whose foundation is built on Christ can truly be rock solid. We find this true in families, in marriages, and in friendships. We can only love someone else as much as we love Christ for out of Him flows the ability to learn to love.

So wandering we do here and there, building different friendships, learning new things, and eventually saying goodbye to good times, good places, and people we love. But if it’s all done in Christ’s name it is profitable indeed, and not wasted gains? We must remember that this too shall pass, this time shall be over soon, and there will quickly be a new opportunity, a new place, and a new friendship waiting to be developed. Let us make haste for Christ’s Kingdom is coming soon. Although we are wanderers on this vast planet, soon we have the hope of a glorious homecoming with our Master, Lord, Savior, and King.

May your wondering spirit find peace and grace in the Lord Jesus Almighty. May He fill your heart fully with the abundance of His love.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge, and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

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