On the road again! Nooooooooo!

On the road again
Just can’t wait to get on the road again
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I’m not sure if I agree with Willie Nelson at this point in my life. I’ve been on the road for months and it sure doesn’t seem that great. Yes – there are many, many enjoyable times. Old friends and new friends; good food and new experiences; but after awhile I just want to go home!

The reality is that my heart will never be fully at rest even when I or anyone else gets home. There will always be a frustration with family and friends and even our physical surroundings.  And yet, when we’re out on the road again, exploring and meeting new people, they too will never satisfy. The new places and new friends never meet our expectations. After a while they become boring.

God has designed us to be at rest in His presence but with work to do in this world. But our relationship with our Creator has been ruined by sin and this has led to a complete breakdown with our relationships and our calling. We seek rest and we see adventure, but neither really satisfies.

Thankfully, there is hope. As we come into a relationship with our Heavenly Father through the blood of Jesus, we can come “home” so to speak. Our hearts can rest – we can find satisfaction in the place God has put us. But even then we are called out into mission to “hit the road” for God’s Kingdom purposes. New friends and sometimes new places will always be in our future.

I’m learning to live with the tension between life at home and life on the road. And thankfully, God continues to deepen my love for Him and His purposes.

But sometimes, I just want to sleep in my own bed!

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Chris Hatch

Seeking to love God and neighbor