When we used to lead short-term missions trips it would often be a shock to wake in the morning to the sounds, smells and bedding of a foreign place. Have you ever experienced that? You awake and have to think for a second, “where am I?” But it was a great reminder that we were in this strange place for a purpose. We were on a mission.
After waking up in Oaxaca for 13 years we don’t experience that very often. I don’t ever want to be too comfortable though. It’s good for our souls and our mission to face up and then fess up to the fact that we are pilgrims and dreamers of a better country.
These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth. Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
I like how Levi Lusko puts it in Through the Eyes of a Lion. “The more passionate you are about setting your soul to heaven’s time zone, the more progress you will make in your calling here on earth.”