I know what it is like to be in one location while my heart resides in another, to live torn between two places.
My husband travels for work, often requiring us to set up housekeeping away from our established home. He lives there, and I move between the two.
So, I find myself busy with work responsibilities, house maintenance, and loving on family while my heart beats miles and miles away. I am never truly at home until we are back together.
This, I believe, is just a tiny picture of what Paul communicates in Philippians 3:20-21.
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. NKJV
My life is in Heaven with Christ. For now, though, I have responsibilities here – work to do, family to love, friends to support. Often my heart is torn as Paul describes in Philippians 1:23 – 24.
23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
I want to be with Christ in full fellowship, unhindered by the restraints of this body, but He has me here, and there is work to do.
While I rejoice in this earthly life, I understand the yearning that sometimes overtakes me.
I am looking toward Home – Home where I belong.
Photo – Country Road, Beth Mims