Last week I shared the news that friends of mine got a puppy. This collie-husky cross was nameless last week. Today, she is called — Mishka. I stopped by earlier this week to visit Mishka. It had not even been a week since she was brought into her new home. It was her first experience of going inside a house, seeing furniture, and hearing all the noises a household makes. It was interesting watching her walk around the first time. Carefully she would sniff and look, trying to make sense of her new world.
Only four days later when I arrive for a visit — there is Mishka running all over the place with a balance of ease and gusto! Was she afraid of the couch? No, she jumped onto it with the greatest of joy. Was she afraid of the coffee table? No, she saw it as her own, special hide-away to lay under. Was she afraid of anything? No, nothing at all. Every wriggle of her tiny body shouted — happy, happy, happy!
As I thought about Mishka, I thought about those of us who know Jesus. We’re like Mishka began – we’re in a temporary home, a sort of makeshift kennel as we go through life. We’re just passing through. Our forever home is yet to come. These thoughts remind me of the song by Jim Reeves – This World Is Not My Home. It begins as follows:
“This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angles beckon me from heaven’s open door, and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
It’s wonderful and comforting to know of a certainty that God is our everything and will give us all we need to joyfully and peacefully get through each day. No matter the trouble or challenge — God Almighty is there to supply all we need.
However, as wonderful as that is, it cannot begin to compare with the joy that is yet to come when we leave our earthly home. Jesus told His disciples, just before He left earth to return to His Father, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2
Can you imagine what that will be like? Like Mishka, we will run in ecstasy! We will trust all we see. We will worship Jesus who made it all possible. At long last, we will be home.
Take care not get too comfortable in this world. Trust Father to get you through each day. Be thankful for all He supplies. Enjoy the views of His creation around you. Praise Him for every sunrise — but don’t ever be totally comfortable in this world. After all, it’s not your home. We’re just pilgrims journeying through. Life can be great, but the best is yet to come!