But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. (Psalm 39:7 NIV)
As a newlywed, life held great promise. I was young, hopeful, and eager to begin a new adventure with my handsome new husband. I had left behind my home, my family, and even my birth country to follow after the man I loved. I expected a fairly easy transition to life in my new home; after all, English was the dominant language, the cuisine was familiar, and the culture seemed similar to that of the United States.
However, after a while I noticed some unsettling differences. I was forced to follow the metric system, which I studied in school but always struggled to understand. Some of the rules of etiquette were different from what I learned as a child. I thought I spoke the same language as my neighbors but had no idea what a “chesterfield,” “serviette,” or “double-double” was. I quickly began to feel like the foreigner that I was.
Psalm 39 conveys a greater sense of alienation with the world at large than I felt living in a specific foreign country. This psalm not only expresses frustration with the world’s sin but also emphasizes an important truth: That those who belong to this world will never truly “fit in” with heaven. The opposite is also true: Genuine citizens of heaven will never feel entirely at home in this world, although they must live in it for a time.
When the world discourages you, remember: This is not your home.
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THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Opportunities are not stagnant. Opportunities are on the move. If you do not seize them, they will fly off. If you do not open your eyes, you will not see them. If you are not smart, they will slip through your fingers. Seize them then before they disappear!