Not home yet

4 Dec

Arequipa is starting to feel like home. The sights and smells no longer seem so foreign and I no longer hear Fur Elise every other night when the Cayma garbage truck comes by. Our routine is, well, routine. I’m starting to instinctively speak a few phrases in Spanish. Our apartment is homey, complete with a few decorations and one of my favorite photos from Rocky Mountain National Park on the wall. We even splurged and spent $7 for Christmas lights to hang in the window, which, as Vicki points out, are probably the nicest lights we’ve ever had.

Still, it isn’t home. We miss our house in Tyrone, the pines of Georgia, the wide open spaces of the Midwest, the change of seasons, and of course our friends and family. Thanksgiving apart from family was especially hard.

But the experience of leaving home for a foreign land has strengthened our realization that even before, we were not home. For, as Heb. 11:6 says, we seek a better country.

But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Heb. 11:6 KJV

Being strangers in a foreign country has helped us remember that we are always strangers in a foreign country. This world can never satisfy our deepest longings. But for those who desire a better country, “God is not ashamed to be called their God.” Now that is exciting! Weaning ourselves from the familiar to lean more upon Him is scary, but there is no greater reward on earth.

Too, we remember that Another left His (much better) home for our sakes:

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Phil 2:5-8 KJV

Being conscious of our “alien” status has also clarified the mission. But I’ve already written this post once (WordPress ate the first one) and it’s even later now, so that will have to wait for another night.

5 Responses to “Not home yet”

  1. Dawn December 5, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    Thanks David for this! I will be meditating on this all day as it very much will apply to us here soon.

  2. Dawn December 5, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    Let me clarify that obviously many of the things apply to us now but we have been trying to mentally prepare for a life that looks pretty much the exact opposite of our current life. 🙂

  3. Fran and Dave December 5, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Yes, even here in the states I find the holidays the hardest when we are separated from family. I thought about your family over thanksgiving and prayed for you. Looking forward to the day when there will be no separation, when we are all united with our Lord and Savior in our heavenly home. Glad things are getting to a “normal” for you all.

  4. Paul Robyn December 5, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Yes…strangers in a strange land…the more we can keep that a focus, the more we can keep the “main thing” the “main thing” and not get our eyes off of the Cross. Blessings to you and your family, brother!

  5. Michel December 5, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Needed the reminder today…thanks!

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