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“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” 1 John 2:15-17
I was recently reminded that as Christians we are just travelling through this time on earth. We are but nomads, visitors, or campers in this life because our goal, and true home, comes at the end of this journey. That reminder is especially poignant for me at this time.
Tim and I moved from Canada – our nation and home – to New Zealand 1 ½ years ago. We have a three-year visa, so unless God tells us otherwise, this is not a permanent move. Christchurch was hit very hard by large earthquakes in 2010 & 2011, and the city is still re-building so Tim’s carpentry skills are in demand. We thought we’d give house-sitting a go, and although we had a slow start, we’ve been living that way for most of the year and a half. We now have fewer gaps of nowhere to live, which is when we stay in BnB’s or the home of very kind friends😊
In this time of house/pet sitting we have moved over 30 times, which is probably why the reminder that we are just travellers on earth made such an impression. This is a new way of living for us, and while there are some freedoms – less stuff for one, (you realize what you can live without when you have to move it every few weeks,) – there is also the feeling of not being grounded. Nothing is permanent, and everything keeps changing – especially kitchens. We now know that dinner is never early on the first night of a move since I have to learn where everything is, and how to operate it. Moving day is often now take-out day😊
While this feeling of not being rooted can be scary, it is also exciting, and a great time to grow. When living in Canada, I loved planting my garden, and making my house & yard just so. I received great accomplishment and enjoyment from these things, which is as it should be, but sometimes these things bring a false sense of security, or ownership. Our only true security is in Christ. World events and catastrophe loom all around. Nothing is secure and life can change in a heartbeat. God alone is our rock, and when we believe that, we will feel grounded whatever our situation.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2