“elsewhere”

This is not my home.

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” -Miriam Adeney

Dang, Miriam. You hit me right in the gut with that quote. How true that is to me right now, this constant feeling of being torn between two places. My heart aches to see my friends in Florida, but that requires being 1,900 miles away from my family whom I have grown so close to within just the last two weeks. I feel an incredibly unbreakable bond between the two places and because of this I am constantly restless.

Any of my readers who have engaged in some amount of travel know exactly what I’m talking about. Suddenly your home is no longer in one stationary place. The more people I meet, the more places I go, the more I long to go back and even more than that, the more I long to see more. My heart is constantly wandering to the farthest corners of the earth. I long for people and places I have never met. How odd it is to feel homesick for places you have never even visited.

Travel is a beautiful thing. I encourage everyone to travel regularly, because travel is the one thing that you can buy that will actually make you richer. You walk away with experiences, lessons learned, and new friends in unexpected places. But there is a special kind of pain for those who wander: Your heart will constantly long for more.

For me the more I travel, the more my heart aches for the desires of Gods heart. My eyes are opened to see the hurt in this world and I long to help the lost. I feel a burden for it. But the more I spend time in The Word, the more I am realizing that this burden is not mine to carry for I would surely be crushed under the pressure. The Lord walks with me, encouraging me and strengthening me. Even though my heart is constantly at war with itself, in Him I find peace. In every circumstance, in the most unfamiliar places, with the strangest people, The Lord reminds me that I am not alone.

That is truly the most reassuring truth in the world.

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” {Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:8‬}

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