We aren’t living in a camper anymore.
It was really just bad timing. We needed to be out, but our new house wasn’t ready for us to be in. So, we had to find somewhere inbetween.
Thus, a camper. A really really nice camper, lent to us completely for free, nonetheless, five kids, two adults, and a dog loaded ourselves up and hauled ourselves down to the local RV park to resume life.
Interesting? To say the least.
You know that soul deep feeling every spring when you feel like you just need to clear something out? I think I might have been born with the on switch stuck because mine never goes off. So it shouldn’t have been surprising that I actually really liked camper life...most days.
We ate our meals outside, able to greet the day and our (ever changing) neighbors with regularity. We took what we needed and used what we have.
While all that sounds and even felt a little idealistic the truth is, I always knew it was temporary. It wasn’t going to last. So I found it easy to hold it lightly. I found it the focus on making a home simplified our period of living in between.
And then I realized...aren’t we all just living in between?
Happy are the people whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
We live in the tension between who we were and who we will be. What God has drawn us out of and where He is taking us too.
Most days life groans under the burden of complications.
So maybe you scroll your social media again, throw a few more things in your Amazon shopping cart, or clear out another closet. That’s what I do. We want to fix this mess we are living in. We want to untangle the threads that have us all tied up.
Maybe instead of fixing our complex lives, we need to fix our eyes on the completed work.
Maybe our yearning for simplicity is really just a yearning to make room for the Spirit of God.
It’s a longing for heaven when every tear will be wiped away. Every dark place made light. Even the lion and the lamb will lay down together.
So what is a pilgrim people living in the in between to do?
We are to make room.
In a broken world screaming for our attention tugging at us with urgency we need to clear it all out and make some space for the spiritual.