I love living here. The innumerable experiences are amazing. From hiking in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to body surfing at Half Moon Bay on the Caribbean island of Antigua. From sailing around Seal Island off the coast of South Africa to having a tire blow out among a pride of lions in Swaziland. From picking fresh grapefruits off lush hillside trees in Dominica to smelling and witnessing the boiling sulphur of a volcano on the tiny island of Montserrat. From tasting Vegemite on toast in Australia, to standing in front of the Mona Lisa in Paris. These snippets of global adventure are just a few reminders of the rich life I live on Earth.
My heart aches at the slaughter of rhinos and the plastic pollution that engulfs parts of the rivers and the oceans of our planet. My heart rejoices when polar bear expert, Susan Crockford, reports that their populations are thriving. And to read of the discovery of the super colony of penguins (1.5 million) discovered in Antarctica.
My heart aches when God’s most precious creation suffers and dies unnecessarily through lack of food and clean water. Children all over the world should be able to have access to these necessities. My heart rejoices when I can join with others to alleviate some of this heartache and share with them the love of Jesus. This, of course, is my greatest purpose for living on Earth–sharing a message that points beyond this temporary, earthly environment.
You see, this is my home away from home. My eternal residence is Paradise. It is where my heavenly Father resides. It is His home and as His child my space has been prepared. The resurrected Christ comforts all of his disciples with these words:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My father’s house has many rooms. If that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1-4)