“Thinking of life as a journey reminds me to stop trying to set up camp and call it home. It allows me to see life as process, with completion somewhere down the road. Thus I am freed from feeling like a failure when things are not finished, and hopeful that they will be as my journey comes to its end. I want adventure, and this reminds me I am living in it. Life is not a problem to be solved; it is an adventure to be lived.” _John Eldredge, Desire: The Journey We Must Take to Find the Life God Offers
Ingrained deeply in the human heart is a desire to settle down.
Like Cain and the citizens of Babel, we humans want to build nations (with boundaries), cities (with limits), neighborhoods (with property lines), and houses (with addresses) and settle down. We like to travel—for vacation, pleasure, and business, but then go back to our homes.
We have trouble living in a tent and looking for a city whose building and maker is God. The American dream is to own a home now.
We want security and permanency now, but forget that, like with Cain, sin lurks at the door and eventually slithers under the door of even the best nations, cities, neighborhoods, and homes and if we stop to think and observe, we understand that the long and torturous history of the human races teaches that any lasting hope for peace, security, and permanence lies only in eternity.
In the meantime, we can drag our feet if we like, but this life is but a journey.
The question that so few seem to be asking is what is their destination.