I can't help but be reminded again and again just how short our lives are. The scary thing is is that it seems as I get older, time goes by quicker and quicker. It's pretty clear in the Bible that our life on earth is equivalent to that of a camping trip. Over and over again in the New Testament our life/our bodies are referred to as tents or a tabernacle, and at the same time we are referred to as sojourners to earth. To me this is just a great picture. It helps me put time into perspective.
Typically when camping, you take very minimal supplies. You just take what is necessary to stay out for the time you aren't home. Most of the time by the end of the trip you are just waiting to finally get home and sleep in your warm cozy bed and be able to properly clean yourself. You're not really supposed to be comfortable on a camping trip. It's you against nature. So in this same way we are on a camping trip. A camping trip that God has sent us on. There is no need to take along with us tons of supplies because In a little while we will just be going home.
A while back I was constantly thinking of just how much I want to be in the presence of God, face to face with Him in heaven. I was tired of seeing people be so fake and I didn't really feel like dealing with the world and its problems anymore. I couldn't quite express how I was feeling and I still can't really, if you couldn't tell. But I read 2 Corinthians 5 and it described exactly how I was feeling,
“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.” 2 Corinthians 5:1-4 NKJV
We as sojourners are waiting to go home. We are longing to finally get home from this uncomfortable camping trip we are on. But we have to be patient. We have to remember that this tent is only temporary, and if we are to die and leave this earth we have nothing to worry about because we have something better than a tent. God has a new dwelling for us in heaven that is eternal.
Verse four is the verse that spoke to me the most when I first read it.
"For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.”
I realized that when I was feeling completely done with the world, I was just feeling the effects of being away from my home so long. The camping trip was starting to show me its challenges and I just wanted to go home instead of pushing through. I have to remind myself daily that each day is one day closer to going home, it's one day closer to finally being comfortable.