Vacations are great. Business travel makes work fun but nobody likes to be unwillingly displaced and stuck on the road.
Living in exile, away from all that makes life normal, can suck the life out of you.
You aren’t where you want to be. Where you want to be is home. Truly, there is no place like home, especially if you want to be there and some unforeseen circumstance keeps you at bay.
Ask anyone who has suffered countless flight delays, following a long trip, and they are certain to agree, home is where they want to be.
The Hebrews were exiled and, yet again, they found themselves in captivity. They were stuck with no tow truck in sight.
They were homesick, discouraged and disappointed with where life had taken them.
Being displaced was depressing and dreadful. Yet, hope was given as a word was gained from the Lord.
One of their leaders had gained insight from the Lord and it assured them God was aware of their situation and that their current predicament was only a season.
The word was simple yet encouraging. Hang in there. Hold on. Get on with your life and don’t dwindle away. Make the most of it. You are still breathing and there is still hope.
Thanks for the pep talk, God, but why the delay? Our bags are packed and we are ready to roll. Where is the flight crew? The engines are fired up. If we leave now, we will be home in time for dinner.
God was not silent. He assured them he heard their prayers and they would be home again but on his time not theirs.
God is never in a hurry but he is never late. His timing is perfect.
We may not understand what is holding things up but we can have confidence he has a plan and it is good!
Rest assured, when God is our travel agent, we have a future and we have hope! He will bring us home and he will restore our fortunes!
In the meantime, what are we to do?
1. Work for peace and prosperity. Don’t sit around hosting a pity party. Get busy and get on with your life. It is easier to start if you are already moving. Make the most of it and be ready to fly.
2. Pray. Keep the lines of communication open. Listen for your boarding call. Stay close to the gate. Stay close to God.
3. Keep your eyes open. Look for the open door and expect things to happen when you are seeking direction from the Lord with all your heart. This is not a casual hunt. This is a hunt for survival.
Be ready. Keep a bag packed and your boarding pass in hand. But in the meantime, stay after it, stay active, go about your day and look for the Lord to call for your ticket.
He has a plan for good, and not for disaster, a plan for your future that is full of hope. You will be restored. He will bring you home again!
(Inspired by Jeremiah 29:11-14)