Saturday, March 4, 2023
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When we first moved to Arizona, USA, we attended a church that was searching for a new pastor. One fine spring Sunday, a candidate and spouse from Alabama came in view of a call. After the Sunday morning service, they decided to drive around the area. It's hard to get lost around here. I live on the eastern edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Of our streets, 95 percent are either straight north and south or east and west. Our eastern boundary is the Superstitions: sheer-sided, jagged, volcanic peaks and ridges separated by boulder-filled canyons. They are impossible to miss, rising almost straight up at the end of our valley. When in doubt, we always know to look for the mountains to see where we are.

But get lost they do. So, they pull into a convenience store and the pastor sends his wife in for directions. To picture this, you must remember that they are from the deep south, and his wife's southern accent is thick and rich — think Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle. She walks in and drawls, "Excuse me, but I'm lost." The clerk, realizing that she certainly isn't a local, promptly replies, "Ma'am, you're a long way from home!"

Sometimes, I feel like I'm a long way from home — my heavenly home: when the news tells of one more government decision that is so contrary to God's way of living, when I hear of yet one more gunman who decided to solve his own issues by killing others, when a close friend dies unexpectedly — far too early in his time on earth, or when my own life feels like it's collapsing for one reason or another. But thankfully, God assures me that "this world is not our permanent home" (Hebrews 13:14a NLT).

John 14:1-3 – Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. (NLT)

Not only is this not my permanent home, but Jesus said that I have a better home awaiting, one that is so perfect and glorious that I can't even imagine what it will be like to live there. There is plenty of room, and best of all, He's coming to get me — and all who have trusted Him as Lord and Saviour — and we will always be with Him and His Father.

2 Corinthians 5:1 – For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. (NLT)

What lovely imagery: "when this earthly tent we live in is taken down". All of us who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ and surrendered our lives to Him will pack up our tent and go home to be with Him forever. Even though we never know when our earthly tent may be taken down, there's no need for us to fear death. In the meantime, let us take comfort from His promises as we struggle through our trials here on earth.

Prayer: Father, thank You that You have prepared a glorious home for us, a place where You will gather Your chosen ones. Thank You that we can be assured that our earthly home is temporary and that when our tent is taken down, we will be with You forever. Amen.

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Sharon Cook <craftercook@gmail.com>
Apache Junction, Arizona, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Sharon, thanks for this.

    Thanks for the great reminder, Sharon.

    This is a lovely message. Thank you, Sharon.

    Thank- you Sharon for the wonderful illustration.

    Thank you for helping us to look forward to heaven.

    Sharon, you always are encouraging with your devotionals.

    In the meantime, God wants us to make this home welcoming to all people.

    Thank you for your lovely devotion. We never hear enough about God’s wonderful promises of our heavenly home.
    These are difficult times but we who believe know that with Jesus as our Lord better things are waiting for us.

    Dear Sharon,
    Thank you so much for your inspiring devotional! These words are just what I needed to hear.
    I feel blessed.
    Blessings, Joy, Peace, Hope, and Laughter,

    What a Day that will be
    When My Jesus I shall see
    When I look upon His Face
    The One who saved me by His grace
    Then He’ll take me by the hand
    And lead me to the promised land.
    What a Glorious, beautiful, wonderful day that will be!!!
    Thank you, sister for the beautiful, so true, devotional.

    Beautiful reminder. Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you for your message, which I will be sharing with others.
    Blessings to you and yours.

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