Even Better Than Eden: Ch. 8, Dwelling Place, Bonus
While I was reading this week’s chapter, I stumbled across a complementary quote from another book I was reading, The World According to Narnia, by Jonathan Rogers. I thought I’d share it with you, as a way to further enrich the ideas in this chapter.
If you’re reading this, you and I are not in that dwelling place of God—yet. Some of us are ready to go to be with Him. Some of us aren’t.
In either case, we can get ready. He gives us many hints, foreshadowing what is to come. But do we notice?
In his chapter reflecting on C. S. Lewis’s last Narnian chronicle, The Last Battle, a story that parallels the Bible’s end time story, Rogers writes:
“For now, though, we are living in the Shadowlands. From where we stand, the shadows on the cave wall look very real. But this world, like all worlds, will come to an end someday. We are always seeking our true country, and when we find something here that reminds us of it, this world can feel a lot like home. The fleeting joys of earth, however, are only homing signals; they aren’t what we truly want. Their purpose is to point is in the right direction.” (p. 160-161)
I am realizing that God did give us our homes and lives here on earth to be enjoyed. But they are not meant to be the end. They are, as Rogers calls them, “homing signals.” They are temporary, fleeting. We cannot put our stock in them.
With that in mind, here are a few questions to ponder:
What are some “homing signals” in your own life? What are some hints of the future to come that encourage you to anticipate the greater realities of God’s home to come?
Will you thank God for them and allow them to point you to him?
Please share your thoughts!