"These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland." (Hebrews 11:13-14)
I had to take my kids to the doctor the other day. While filling out some paperwork, the receptionist asked me for my address. Um...which one? Where we live right now for the next month? Where we rent for the offseason? Our new house that we will be moving into in a few months? My parents' address that our mail is being forwarded to?
Baseball life is a bit like being a gypsy, isn't it? We pitch our tents wherever we go, sometimes with inflatable furniture and a few roommates. "Home" can seem like a far-off concept, one that we can never seem to grasp.
But as I read through Hebrews 11 today, it hit me that the "Home" we should be seeking is not on this earth at all. And as we walk in God's will, we will likely feel like strangers in a foreign land most of the time, and that's ok. We are to fix our eyes on the city with eternal foundations, built by God.
"By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God." Hebrews 11:8-11
I don't know where we will be living a year from now. And likely neither do you. But if we keep our eyes on Jesus, remembering that our true home is not on this earth, just think of what God will be able to do through through our ever-increasing faith in Him.
Prayer: God thank You for giving me fresh eyes today as I read about Abraham. When we feel unsettled in this life, help us to fix our eyes on You and the Home you have so lovingly prepared for us.
Suggested Reading: Hebrews 10:36-12:3