Monday, June 15, 2009

Just a Sojourner

"O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?" (Psalm 15:1 ESV)

I've always thought sojourn was one of those weird words that you don't hear people drop in any ol' conversation. You won't overhear someone jabbering on their cell while waiting in line in front of you at the store: "Yeah, thought I'd sojourn into Walmart for some bread."

You might say the word is...dated.

To "sojourn" means to dwell in a place temporarily, and I think "temporarily" is the key word here.

While we are here in this life, in this one body we've been given right now, on this planet today, this week, this month, this year...we are only sojourning. We are living out of a suitcase. There's no mortgage--just rent.

The reason for this is interesting when I think on it: God spoke to Moses in Exodus 33:20 about why He couldn't allow Moses to look at His face. See, while we live here, we're still wrapped up in sin. God cannot dwell with sin. He won't. And so, like David says in Psalm 15, we can only visit the tent of God. We cannot live there.

Not yet anyway. Because we are not worthy.

But when this life is over, so will our sojourning be over. We'll finally get to unpack that suit case (metaphorically, of course--we don't take anything with us!) and say, "I'm finally home!"

I'm thinking about those times when we take family trips and are gone for a few days. Those first few seconds of walking into our home--where we belong--and breathing in the familiar comfort, that moment where our muscles relax because we know it's finally time to unwind--these are my favorite moments of the whole trip. And if I feel this way about a home that's actually temporary, how much greater will it be to really be done traveling...for good?

I can only imagine.

God is good, isn't He? Happy sojourning.

Peace of Christ to you,