Preparing to Move.
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. II Corinthians 5:1 (NIV)
Our house is on the market. A for sale sign juts out of the dirt near the curb at the end of our driveway, crowned with the enticing word POOL. The sign looks just like the first one that was-whoops-mangled by the back end of our car while pulling out of the driveway one dark evening.
In preparation for a move, we’ve either sold or donated our belongings or stored them in boxes in the garage where they await the light of day at a future location.
People often ask, “So where are you moving?”
The answer depends on several factors, but my present thoughts aren’t on where we’ll be hauling our stuff next and the acquisition of a new address. They’re focused on my eternal house, especially on those days when I’ve become overwhelmed by all that’s not working in the world.
Things are failing, broken, dysfunctional, outdated, neglected, aging, perpetually dirty. Didn’t I just clean this bathroom?
Whether or not our house is move-in ready (mind you, it’s not), the effort of human hands to polish this place in order to catch the eye of a potential buyer won’t matter in eternity.
At long last, nothing will need restoration. It’ll be glorious. A perfect home for my resurrected, forever and fully-functioning body.
Enveloped in all that’s not quite right, unfinished, failing, and broken, I’m able to press on so long as my eye stays fixed on God’s building, my eternal house.
Enveloped in all that’s not quite right, unfinished, failing, and broken, I’m able to press on so long as my eye stays fixed on God’s building, my eternal house. @MaryAFelkins #author #iwrite #storystyledevos #inspirational
But for the duration of my stay here on planet earth, God expects me to adopt a ‘preparing to move’ mentality.
Though he’s settled in his country with his family and all his stuff, the Lord said, “Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1
Then this: So Abram left, as the Lord had told him. (vs4)
The absence of rebuttal tells me Abraham had the right mindset, a willingness to move on in order to fulfill God’s plan.
So I’m preparing to move all right, but I’ve got my eye on the final destination, a house built by God.
Does the idea of moving from where you are bring excitement or anxiety? How willing are you to pick up and go where and when God calls you? How prepared are you for your eternal destiny?
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