Caught between two worlds; belonging to this earth, yet feeling like strangers, misfits, or aliens from another planet.
This is the nature of life in the borderlands. Pilgrims passing through, yearning for a city and country to call their own.
Satisfied settlers living in the neighbourhood, ever-seeking sojourners looking for home, so close, yet so out of reach.
One foot in heaven and one foot here on earth; A tug of war rages for the affections of our souls.
The ever present allure of sex, stuff and status tries to draw us into its seductive web; temporary fixes that are fleeting.
Loving the pulsating life of the city, yet longing for the peace of the country.
Content but ever restless, happy on the outside yet gripped by the haunting on the inside.
No experience or relationship can satiate this gnawing sense of despondency, discontent, emptiness, longing, and hunger.
The promise of satisfaction found in penultimate vacations, dream houses, gold plated pension funds, and the perfect relationship only leave one wanting more.
What will fill the hole, and what will satisfy the unending haunting? What is the purpose of this holy discontent?
Beneath it all is an unquenchable thirst for lasting peace, deeper intimacy, exquisite beauty, real justice for all found in relationship with our Creator!
Heed that home- sickness for a world with no pollution, poverty or pain; groan for a little slice of heaven here on earth.
Slow down and listen to that inward still small voice calling you homeward. Gaze more deeply, and though faint, you will see a vision of better city and country that is just over the horizon.
Travel lightly as you move from the borderlands into that promised land that you have been waiting for.
Dive into the Grand Adventure of partnering with God to usher in, here and now, a little bit of heaven on earth!
By Tim Schultz