“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”
– Hebrews 13:14 (NLT)
Isn’t it amazing how much comfort this world can try to offer us? We’re surrounded by conveniences – fast food, nice grocery stores, amazing technology, and abundant entertainment. So many things try to win our love and steal our attention away from God and eternal things. For the Christian there is a constant struggle to remember that this world isn’t our real home.
Tonight, I am again praying that God will keep what is real and lasting in front of me. I’m praying that He will give me eyes of faith and a heart that only finds fullness in Him.
Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we have sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity; and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.
– Sir Frances Drake (explorer and naval pioneer during the Elizabethan era)