Thursday, August 28, 2014

Settle Your Heart

We are right in the middle of settling in.  One half of our bedroom is {un}settled, and the other half is settled.  We still need a bookshelf made to house all our extra supplies... but there are some surfaces that look exactly the way I want them.  The furniture wish-list is long, but the budget is short.  We have enough to survive, just not everything I want.  

I love setting up our home.  I enjoy the decorating and the organizing.  I like finding just the right spot for everything.  This is our first four-year term, and it's just the beginning.  I have time to make this house just what I want it to be.  But as we settle in there is this {un}settling thought that whispers in the back of my mind:

"You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away... -James 4:14

Ugh.  This world is passing away.  As much as I enjoy making our house a home, this world isn't my home.  

"{They}... confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.  And truly if they had called to mind the country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.  But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them." -Hebrews 11:13-16 

{by the way if you haven't heard this song by Tenth Avenue North, do yourself a favor and go listen right now! It's on repeat here today}

And so, like Abraham, I must dwell in the land of promise as in a foreign country {thankfully not hard to do when you are actually dwelling in a foreign country}, dwelling in tents... for I am waiting for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.  {Hebrews 11:9-10}

This letter, James, written to the twelve tribes scattered abroad speaks volumes to us global ones scattered around the world. Such sage advice: "Don't get too settled. Your life is merely a vapor, here today, gone tomorrow..." But..."establish {settle} your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand!" {James 5:8}

Settle my heart in Him.  As I settle in here in Uganda, I am so grateful for a forever home in His heart.  I plan on being in Uganda longer than this four-year term, but I can't know that for sure.  All I can do is put down deep heart roots in Him, so I keep thriving wherever He leads me.  And, for now, it is here.

Is there something in your life that just isn't what you wish it was- use it as an exercise in longing for your True Home.  kinda like the past 12 hours without electricity? or the unsafe roads? yeah, getting lots of practice!

**linking up today at velvetashes.com for The Grove**

Are you feeling settled or unsettled lately? 

6 comments:

  1. Thank you Kelly. Deep rooted hearts in Christ hopes us stay connected through Him.

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  2. Love this Kel....thank for sharing your heart. This is a struggle for all missionaries (well for everyone really!)...keep finding your home in HIM, but enjoy your earthly home as well!!! It's a gift your Father wants you to embrace & enjoy & love!!!

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  3. Such a good word! I also have been contemplating the exact same passage in Hebrews regarding being strangers and foreigners in this world as my husband and I prepare for long-term missionary service in Nairobi, Kenya.

    I just started following your blog (thanks to Velvet Ashes!), and I really appreciate your perspective as we transition to Africa in a couple of months. (We blog about our journey at www.alifecalledtolove.com.)

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  4. Love the Scriptures that you bring here (especially James 5:8!!) and the song link! "All we can do is put down deep heart roots in Him." Yes, yes! Right there with you.

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  5. That Hebrews 11 scripture is beautiful! Thanks for the reminder to "settle my heart in Him." This was so encouraging!

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    1. from the New King James Version if you were curious- should start noting my translation! So glad you are all encouraged!!

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