Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Place to Rest

Having to move all the time in the military can be daunting at times.  It can be stressful emotionally and physically.  It is especially hard for our young children or even for us when we have found great friends whom we love and don’t want to leave.  Sometimes, it is a sacrifice to give that all up when the next set of orders are staring back at us and telling us - Go!
            This morning in my family’s devotion time, we read from Matthew 8:18, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  I stopped and pondered that for a moment and realized how true that was.  Jesus had the perspective that His true home was not in any physical dwelling but rather a spiritual one where he could rest daily.  He knew His mission in life was to travel to wherever His Father sent Him sharing the gift of salvation.  He kept things in perspective and knew that this His places of rest were just temporary  physical ones and that one day His greater home would be with His Father in Heaven for eternity.
            So, I pray the next time you get frustrated or impatient with where this military sends you that you will consider that even Jesus at times had no permanent place to rest His head.  He trusted God with the places He went and knew that God would continue to provide all He needed until He was home for good! Allow God to build your home with Him in His presence daily and find your rest always trusting in Him as you sacrifice your life in the military.

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