Last night we arrived at our vacation destination in Ruidoso, New Mexico. It's a beautiful little alpine mountain community full of blue spurce and pines, no humidity and cool temperatures in the evening and mild temperatures during the day. Boy did it take a long time to get here though. I mean Texas is HUGE! There is no way Texas should be a state, it is definitely worthy of being considered a country if not purely by its size. Our last 2 hours of the marathon drive were interesting. I remember driving through Southern New Mexico and looking out my window and seeing flat arid desert with scarce vegetation and 103 degree temperatures. We were getting worn out from the drive, the kids were getting antsy and it was kind of tempting just to stop and set up camp. Then I remember looking out on the horizon and seeing this huge beautiful mountain way off in the distance. Seeing that mountain filled me with a new hope that there truly was a much better place beyond this arid desert waiting for us.
I ran across this little writing by Jim Welch that says:
'There is a way that seems right but it leads to destruction. There is a way that goes against the grain of human thought and endeavor, yet it is the way that leads to everlasting life and salvation. Brethren, if we were of the world then the world would receive us. But because we are not of this world the world cannot understand our ways let alone receive us. This world is not our home. We are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. We are just pilgrims passing through this world on our way to the promised land. We are sojourners and strangers in a foreign land. We do not belong to any religion agreed upon by men, but instead we belong to God. If we belong to God then we should obey His voice.'
I like that line where it says 'we are just pilgrims passing through this world on our way to the promised land.' That's how it describes the heros of the faith who have gone before us in Hebrews 11 who were 'desiring a better counrty, that is, a heavenly one.' So when our lives feel like that arid miserable desert remember that we are not to our destination yet and that we have to first pass through a broken and sinful world where we get to hold out the message of life to fellow travelers in the hope that more and more will not settle for the desert but will join us and head for the mountains.