This is the living room looking into the dining room. We love the open layout and neat features. It will be awesome for having people over and is a great fit for our family. About a month ago I wrote about our hopes and prayers for strategic housing. This apartment fits in so many ways.
Some of the things we’re thinking about right now are….
Enjoyment: Having something nice does not necessarily mean you’ll enjoy it. We want to appreciate the good things God has given and are trying to do so in the moment – not just putting it off till we fully unpacked or have things just right.
Help: Without the church (our Christian friends in different places) there is no way we could have made it. Help with child care, loading the truck, unloading the truck, unpacking, and assembling furniture have made an incredible difference. When you add it up in the course of three days over fifteen people contributed over fifty hours of labor. It is awesome to be a recipient of this much love and support. We’re trying to remember that it comes from and points back to God.
Impermanence: Moving into an apartment, we know that this is only ours for a time. While every home has its wonderful aspects they each have their shortfalls (torn screens, a sagging bathroom ceiling, closets that smell funny). I think of Hebrews 11 where it says,
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
The difficulties of moving and the imperfections of every home remind us that God promises an eternal home, ceaseless rest which will not be marred by defects or the prospect of leaving. I also think of the impermanence of our current state as we unpack boxes and wonder why we saved certain things. As time passes and the emotional connection to an item or its perceived necessity diminishes, we get rid of it. How much of what we pack up today will we throw away tomorrow?