Do you ever feel like you are a stranger in your own homeland?
This morning when I walking into the hallway, I saw a critter on the floor. At first, I thought that it was a dustball being moved by the moving air from when I opened my bedroom door. When I put my glasses on though, I saw that it wasn’t dust but that it was a baby lizard instead.
Knowing me and the animal/critter lover that I am, I said, “Oh! A new pet!” but then I remember that I was living in a house full of 50+ women and thought against that idea.
And so, I got a small, Styrofoam cup and scooped it up with the assistance of a napkin. After grossing out on of my sorority sisters with the news that I had caught a lizard outside of her bedroom door, I took it downstairs and out into the yard.
While I was doing all of this, one thought came to my mind: this little guy is a stranger in search of the way back home.
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland… As it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” -Hebrews 11:13, 14, 16
We were created to desire a better country, a heavenly one. So have faith! Even when you feel like you are an exile, even when you feel like a stranger, remember that God has prepared a place for those that remain steadfast in their faith.
Even as an exile, remain faithful. Have faith!