photo: Chris Frick
Until We Are Home by JW Kaiser
I grew up in a small coastal community in North Carolina. I got married and moved away in my early 20’s. It’s where my extended family still lives. It’s where I learned how to surf and almost everything else I enjoy in my life. It is home, even though I don’t live there now. I’ve lived in many different places since. I’ve traveled around the world and surfed spots from the North Shore to J-Bay but nothing beats surfing my home break, in my hometown, with a few good friends.
Most surfers feel the same. Although travel and adventure are gifts from God, most surfers, even the ones where their home break is less than desirable, would still choose to be “home” when the wave are good rather than some distant break. This is the sentiment offered by one of my favorite writers CS Lewis who wrote, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” In others words, you aren’t home yet.
The writer of the book of Hebrews in the Bible shares, “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” So what do we do if we are not home yet? What do we do if even the greatest of adventures and all this life has to offer leaves us less than satisfied? The writer of Hebrews goes on to tell us how we should spend our life until we are truly home, “Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.” (Hebrews 13:14-16)
So should we hunker down at our home break knowing that surfing, travel and adventure will not ultimately satisfy us? No! On the contrary, until we are truly home with Jesus we have work to be done. There is a mandate in the great commission to “Go”. So pack your bags. Find your passport. Leave your temporal home conveniences and comforts for a grand adventure of serving others in the name of Christ. We are not yet home… so GO!