We’re Home!!…Well, sort-of :)

Friends,

As many of you know, we Martin’s have been vagabonds for a bit while waiting to transition to our new home in Nashville, TN.

Well, the day has finally come!!

It’s day #3 in our new home and I’m typing this update on my newly built work desk. As with most moves, we are physically a bit tired and yet still in need of getting everything settled…but our hearts are full and light.

After not having a home for almost a year, it’s a bit surreal for us to wake to such a blessing! There has been so much excited anticipation for this move that has finally arrived! Everything is just so new and vibrant and beautiful. Nashville has even given us some pretty spectacular weather for our first week back.

We are reeling in the delights of a roof and furniture and friends nearby.

Home!! Well, sort of.

As my heart soaks up the bliss of the present moment, my spirit is all too aware of the warning.

The vibrancy of this home will fade. The newness won’t last. If I’m not careful, in time, this blessing could spoil with entitlement, selfishness, pride, and discontentment.

No. I don’t want my heart to sink to deep into this fading treasure. I want to sink deeper into the greatest Treasure. The Treasure that somehow gets newer and newer. The Treasure that doesn’t fade, but grows in eternal vibrancy. The Treasure that produces real peace, real joy, and lasting, life-giving delight.

Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and were thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21

Thank you Lord for the good warning! Today is full of so many sweet blessings that should be enjoyed today. But their promises for a secure, satisfied and comfortable future are an illusion.

Consider this call to wisdom in Proverbs:

A rich man’s wealth is his fortified city;
In his imagination it is a high wall. 

18:11

The security of our own wealth, prosperity, and strength is imaginary. The walls can crumble at any moment. Deep down, we all know this and we fear it. That’s why we work ourselves to death. That’s why we keep busy and moving. We’re all afraid that our imaginary fortress will prove to be imaginary.

But look at the verse just before vs. 11:

The name of Yahweh is a strong tower;
The righteous run into it and are protected.

Vs. 10 

Today is wonderful, but the waves of this life are still going to come and go. Good days and bad days are both on the horizon. If I root myself in the comforts of this world, I’m going to get tossed about by the wind. I might have my stuff, but inwardly I’m going to find myself bruised, bloody, and barely hanging on.

Not only are these truths a protection for me, they also help me fully enjoy the gifts for what they are by preventing me from making them something they are not. This is one of the most helpful quotes I’ve come across in my short 28 years:

Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first and we lose both first and second things. . . You can’t get second things by putting them first. You get second things only by putting first things first.”
Lewis 

God is the giver of good gifts. I fully believe that He wants me to fully enjoy the gift of a new home today. I believe that the warnings of scripture aren’t there to diminish my enjoyment of life, but to enhance it! To make the enjoyments of life everything they were meant to be. To protect the enjoyments of life from the subtle ways sin ruins them. Second things are perfectly enjoyed when they are second. 

It’s the thief that comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It’s Jesus who has come so that we might have life AND have it in abundance! 
John 10:10 

I’m thankful that the Lord is helping me truly enjoy this new home for what it is.

Maybe the Lord is wanting to help you enjoy your life as well? Maybe that looks different than you thought it would? Maybe He is letting you experience the disappointment of second things that found their way to first place? Maybe He is calling you to let go of the second thing for the sake of gaining the first? 

If so, let me just encourage you that this is God’s mercy toward you. He working for your ultimate good. He has come not to steal from you, but to GIVE you abundant life. 

I’m praying for you all. Praying that the Lord would continue to draw you near to Him.

Thankful for a new temporary residence today. :) 

If you’re ever in Nashville, let us know!

Jonathan & Emily