I’m feeling more and more like that each day.
Out-of-place. Perplexed. Frustrated.
Those are only a few of the ways to describe how I feel these days — particularly as I see what’s going on in the world today. It matters not whether it’s the ongoing investigation into the supposed collusion with Russia…or the View’s Joy Behar saying those who talk with God are mentally ill…or the recent, anti-Semitic remarks of Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam’s ignoble leader…my feelings are the same (to quote the lyrics of an old, Gospel song):
“This world is not my home, I’m just a-travelin’ through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
Maybe it’s because I’m reaching retirement age. Maybe it’s because the views-and-values I’d had since childhood are constantly under attack by both secular society and numerous, “enlightened,” religious leaders.
Regardless, increasingly I find myself becoming chagrined over the latest news here at home and abroad. A part of me wants to scream and a part of me wants to weep uncontrollably!
“What’s happening?!?” I inwardly cry.
“Can’t they (whoever ‘they’ is) see what they’re doing? Are they blind to their actions and implications/repercussions? Why won’t somebody do something?!?”
But, then I remember where I am and how, in reality, it’s always been this way.
You see, dear Reader, ever since Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden we’ve lived in a “fallen” (broken) world. Consequently, we shouldn’t be surprised when we find ourselves at odds with the world’s views-and-values and are even ostracized (persecuted) for refusing to embrace them.
Simply put, ever since that first couple — the progenitors of the human race — partook of the forbidden fruit, ours has been a world that’s gone crazy. Regardless of the generation, mankind’s nature has always been the same: sinful and inherently rebellious against God.
Thus, we shouldn’t be surprised at anything that’s happening around us (or even within us). In fact, as someone said, we should be surprised it isn’t any worse!
Yes, our nation and world today aren’t any worse than any other generation’s. There are simply more of us and through mass media we know more about it. That’s why we must keep things in perspective and stay focused on Truth and live accordingly.
Likewise, we should always remember this little, four-line adage I learned a long time ago:
“A vagabond is someone who doesn’t have a home. A criminal is someone who’s running from home. A stranger is someone who’s away from home. But, a pilgrim is someone who’s headed toward home.”
Powerful words, aren’t they?
No wonder the saints of old, who all “died in Faith, not having received the Promises (from God) — but saw them afar off and were persuaded/convinced of them — confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13).
And, so should we — if we’ve experienced New Life through Christ and are seeking to follow Him every day.
That’s why this column is called “Pilgrim Reflections” — for I am truly a Pilgrim who’s headed toward Home, that place called Heaven where Jesus even now is preparing a place for me (John 14:13). Hallelujah!!
So, the question for you is this: “Where are you headed? Do you know? If it’s also Heaven, then don’t despair over all you see and hear — for you’re not yet Home, Pilgrim; but, one of these days you will be.” Amen and amen. God bless you.
NOTE: If you’d like to contact Bro. Tom or receive his daily e-mail devotional, entitled “Morning Manna,” you can write him at P.O. Box 10614, Fort Smith, AR 72917 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.