February 16, 2017 at 4:20 am #128481
He led me to a plateau from which we could see a vast panorama of the wilderness, mountains, valleys, canyons, plains, rocks, and sand.
“I bears a profound mystery,” said the teacher.
“What does?” I asked.
“This…the desert. It’s the landscape through which God’s people journeyed on their way to the Promised Land.”
“Yes. In order to get to the Promised Land, they had to journey through the desert wilderness, dwelling in tents. In that is the revelation.”
“The revelation of what?” I asked.
“This life,” he said. “Everything in this world is temporary. It’s not the place in which we stay. It’s the place through which we journey We pass through this world. It isn’t our home. It’s the tent world. And all of us are just campers. Everything in this world changes, every circumstance, every experience, every stage of life…they’re all tents. We dwell in one tent for a season, ad then move on to another. Your childhood was tent in which once you dwelt and then you moved on. Your good times, your bad times, your successes and failures, your problems, your joys and sorrows, your adulthood, your old age…they’re all just tents. Even your physical being, even that’s a tent, temporary and always changing. The very frailty of it all is a reminder that we’re only journeying through.”
“Journeying through to where?” I asked.
“For the child of God, it’s the journey home. It’s the journey home to the Promised Land…to heaven…the place where we give up our tents and exchange that which is temporary for that which is everlasting.”
“And how do I apply this?”
“In every way,” he said. “No matter what happens in this world or in your life, never forget, you’re not home…you’re only journeying through. Every problem will pass, and every temptation will fade. So tread lightly. It’s where your’re going. Keep your eyes focused and your heart fixed on your destination-on the Promised Land. And for all the rest, just remember…you’re only camping.”
The Mission: Living this day as a camper. Don’t get caught up in your circumstances. Focus instead on the journeying. And travel lightly.
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:5; Hebrews 11:8-16
Cahn, Jonathan. “The Tent World.” The Book of Mysteries. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2016. Day 50. Print.
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