Where are you from?
Is that one of your go to questions when you’re first getting acquainted with someone also?
It’s one that we use to establish commonality and, sometimes, to learn something new and interesting.
I’ve met people from around the world with that simple question and it always amazes me the places I’ve met people and where they’re from. It also amazes me how, at times, I’ve met people in various parts of the world that are from the same places I have lived.
The world isn’t as big as we thought it was!
You see, I grew up in the Western half of these United States. I say it like that because we moved so much.
I was born in Cody, Wyoming. We moved from there around ’87-’88 and headed south to Flagstaff, Arizona. We lived there just one year, that was when I accepted Christ as my Savior. From there, we headed down the highway a few hours to Albuquerque, New Mexico and its surrounding areas. I can’t remember how long we lived there but we lived in 5 different houses during our time there. Following that, we headed back further west to Las Vegas, Nevada for 3 years. That needs its own post for my time in Sin City. I would have been 12 years old by then and we finally landed in the Midwest in Wichita, Kansas where I would spend the rest of my time living with my parents before launching out on my own. Since then I moved another 7 times in different countries and states to finally land here in South Central Pennsylvania where, Lord willing, we will stay for the duration of our days.
So when I say I grew up out West, you can see why!
I remember so vividly as a kid whenever we would show up at a new city/state, people would undoubtedly ask us, where are you from and it became such a joke to us because my dad would always tell people we were from Cody, Wyoming. We always laughed at that because he was still telling people that 10, 12, 15 years after we moved away from there!
The reality was we really weren’t from anywhere!
The same is true when it comes to our Christianity. You’re not from this place. You’re from another place and that’s most of the reason why so much of what you feel and face here doesn’t make sense–it’s because you’re not from around these parts.
Built inside you is a desire for something different, something better that literally nothing on earth has the capacity to occupy.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
Right now ours is Raystown Lake. Our boat is up there and every once in a while, we’ll escape to the lake for a day or a weekend to experience some heaven on earth.
You have a place like that too don’t you!?
The place you go to get away from it all, to appease the tension of life by surrounding yourself with as much peaceful tranquility as possible. We are all looking for a slice of heaven on earth because deep down we all know there’s something yearning inside of us for more, better, deeper, more profound.
That’s because you weren’t built for permanent life at this campground! We’ve become sanctified snowbirds, flocking from one area to another hoping that what we experience there will fill the void of what we seem to be missing.
When Jesus was teaching his disciples to pray, he gave them this next category in which to realign their thinking.
When we pray, your kingdom come, it literally is a realignment of the logic that we aren’t from around these parts. It’s an almost vocal validation to ourselves God help me remember that what I experience day after day is not my final place. Help me make decisions that reflect that where I’m currently laying my head is just a temporary situation to a more perfect permanent place.
When I consider this phrase it really gives me a sense of relief! I look at the days, the situations we endure, the obstacles we are faced to overcome, and what I see is that we move from tension to tension. There is rarely a perfect peace anywhere in life. Your mind is always, on some level, worried or working on something.
But in heaven…
That will never again be the case. When we get home, everything will be different. Everything will be better and everything will be at a perfect peace. One that you can’t even begin to explain.