This world is not my home
I’m just a-passing through
My treasures are laid up
Somewhere beyond the blue.
“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. “(Hebrews 13:14 NLT)
Thinking of not seeing our family furniture, heirlooms, and art for a few months can send you into an interesting place. The first thing Shannon and I usually do when we move into a new place is put all of our art, much of it created by Indianapolis artist that we love dearly, up on the wall. This turns our new place into our home. This move will make us wait. We will move into a new place, in a new city and country, and stare at blank walls for a bit. This will be hard. Again I am reminded of the verse in Hebrews.
This lack of art is not a permanent existence. It is temporary. Much like our lives here and our momentary troubles. But even as I type those words I am aware of many who are in the midst of troubles and strife that do not seem temporary. They are overwhelmed with the thought that it is permanent. And it can seem that way. There is only one place to look.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV)
God continues, by His grace, to reveal His unseen in the seen. His bride, the church, provides the visible, tangible, physical presence that provide for us a glimpse of His glory.
We can, through the Spirit’s power, endure. It is not easy but it can be light in the truth of His Glory.