Travelers, Guests and Fitting In

You’ve probably felt at least once like you didn’t fit in.  Maybe you think you were born at the wrong time or in the wrong place.  Or you believe this is our temporary home on the way to heaven.  I’ve felt as if I haven’t belonged at times too. While reading of the book of Psalm for my devotional time the past few weeks I ran across an interesting verse:

“Hear my prayer, O Lord!  Listen to my cries for help!  Don’t ignore my tears.  For I am your guest—a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me.”  Psalm 39:12

It’s hard to fit in when you’re traveling- the bed isn’t the same, you don’t know where everything is in town, and you’re dependent on yourself to take care of it. But what if you had a host?   What if there was someone with you who knew everywhere you stopped and everyone you met who could help make your traveling a little easier?  The good news is that’s exactly what this verse is talking about. The writer, David, is asking his host, God, for a little support on his journey.  God, the best host you could ask for, is with each of us on our journey through this life.

This verse puts a different spin on not fitting in though, it calls us guests.  Think about what it’s like to be a guest.  You’re probably on your best behavior, you’re life may be a little uncomfortable and you’re constantly exposed to new things, and guest are usually treated as special people.  This means a couple of things for us.  We should get used to the changes and new things in our lives because it’s normal.  Second, don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re not special.  You are special, period.  Finally, as a guest you’re supposed to be on your best behavior, we all are.  We’ve done a poor job being guests so far, and need to make some dramatic changes in our lives and in our world if we want to continue to be guests.

I encourage you to do those three things this week: work on your attitude towards accepting change, loving yourself and treating yourself as special, and taking care of the place where you are visiting.  Share your thoughts below.

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