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May 20, 2020

Longing For Home

"Look here, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.' How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, 'If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.'” (James 4:13-15)

My husband and I have been married for a year and a half and we’ve already moved at least thirteen times (together or solo). Who knows how many times we each did before then, but the baseball ladder keeps them coming.

I know I’m preaching to the choir. You all know what this life requires…finding short-term leases, subleases, or Airbnb listings. Renting furniture or sleeping in someone else’s bed. Staring at blank apartment walls or embracing someone else’s décor. Hanging blackout curtains with Command hooks. Going to Goodwill and the Dollar Tree for plates and measuring cups. Keeping every good cardboard box we come across because we’ll need them again in six weeks or six months. Or tomorrow.

I long to have a consistent place to lay my head. I long to unpack and actually use our wedding gifts, the things we were given to be life-long keepsakes. Better yet, I can’t wait to just figure out where we’re going to live this upcoming off-season!

Those longings teach me a lot. I must remember this is our temporary home. Yes, I mean this particular apartment with a parking garage view. But I really mean this whole world. It’s our temporary home.

During Spring Training a couple years ago, when I was visiting my husband for a week and staying in the team hotel, I came across a blog that sparked me to study Jesus’ life in a new way. He didn’t have a permanent home. We don’t have a permanent home. He moved from place to place, wherever God called him. We move from baseball city to baseball city, which is where God calls us. He was a nomad. We are somewhat nomads. There was so much joy in identifying with Him on that level. And I don’t think it was a coincidence that the revelation came in a hotel room.

The second I feel longings of permanency creeping in, like the desire to buy a house and live in one place for a long time, or the desire to stop moving and never pack a box again, I’m reminded that I would always feel out of place. We should always feel out of place. This world is not our true home.

We are so blessed that this baseball life forces us to remember that it is all temporary. The day will come when we settle down somewhere. But that home will be a temporary one as well. So for now, we’ll embrace this nomadic life and the chance to travel with few worldly possessions, and be thankful for these reminders that this world is our temporary home

Prayer: Father, help us find our comfort and security in You, not in earthly homes, our circumstances, or our plans. As we long for home, let us long for You. Help us remember our eternal home as we travel around this temporary world.

Suggested Reading: Matthew 8:20, 2 Samuel 7:5-7

Lindsey Wendle

Baseball Chapel
P.O. Box 10102
Largo, FL 33773

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