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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Rest (01/17/13)

TITLE: The Onward Journey
By Stanley McMahon


It is not unusual for a family to move house no more than five or six times during their lifetime. Indeed many people live in the same house from marriage to grave. We talk about “family homes” and our roots being in certain towns. All of these things give us stability, routine and security in the face of the uncertainty that life brings.

But my own life is atypical – not quite the usual pattern (trying hard not to use the word ‘normal’!). With this most recent move, I will have clocked up more than twenty places that I have called home. I’m not even going to try to defend myself – yes, you’re right, it is ridiculous!
In part my transitory journey is due to the lifestyle that I have chosen, in being a missionary and a church worker, and in part, circumstantial life events have played their part, but however it all pans out with the benefit of hindsight, I can certainly say my life has thus far been an eventful journey, a pilgrimage if you will, on the road to our eternal destination.

Because that’s what it is, isn’t it? Life is more than the here and now, more than the visible, tangible stuff that we interact with on a daily basis. It’s got to be. Our very hearts cry out for more than what we consider to be our lot. Our life journey must have a final destination. The thing is, it does. According to the Bible, what we do with the person of Jesus Christ and how we react to His offer of salvation will determine the outcome of our time down here.

When the New York catastrophe broke into the comfort of our living rooms and work places and changed the face of modern history back in 2001, I was in Italy. It was a few days after ‘9/11’ and one of the American news channels was showing a church service with the President, the statesmen and the mourners of the city. It was a profoundly moving experience. And when they needed somebody to speak into this unprecedented situation they turned to the elderly, but brilliant, Dr. Billy Graham. Dr. Graham spoke words of comfort and simplicity with compassion and earnestness, and the nation was for a brief moment, turned on and tuned in to God.

For many of the listeners that day, what the old evangelist was saying, rang true. There was a God, a Gospel and some serious thinking to be done about the directions people were taking in life. The only true rest and peace is found in Christ who invites us to come to Him, lay our burdens and our weariness down and take His peace in their place.

I am now seriously hoping that my house moving days are slowing down, if not nearly done. Although I recognise that I have moved around enough for any man, I am aware that my life journey will continue. As the apostle Paul said of those who believe, ‘Our home is in heaven’. The only thing that really matters is that wherever our journey takes us, we must choose Jesus as our walking companion.

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C D Swanson 01/25/13
Simply adore the very last line! WOnderful message and writing here.

God bless~
Vicki J. Cypcar01/26/13
I can relate well to this. I have moved nearly 40 times in my life. As followers of Christ we are pilgrims traveling with Him to our final destination...only then will we truly be home.

Jan Ackerson 01/29/13
Well done. I'd have liked some anecdotes about some of the more interesting places you've lived, and perhaps a stronger tie-in to the topic. But I enjoyed reading this, and your conclusion.
Phyllis Inniss01/31/13
I like your article. Being a missionary and always on the move certainly does not give the impression of rest, but your rest has been in the Lord and that comes through in your writing. Good work.