Pictures of Home

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This picture was taken in New Zealand, the beautiful country which I have never left. It was just such a scene as this which I gazed upon as I returned from a family reunion in Wanaka at the end of 2012. Wanaka is in Central Otago, a dry, tussocky place, like the one shown here. After two days of fulfilling the Newton family motto, “If you’re not eating, you’re not having a good time,” my coastal eyes were homesick – for the sea.

As we drove down the Waitaki Valley (and yes, it might help if you looked this all up on Google Maps!), I felt an aching tug in my heart, because I was going home.

However, as I thought this over, I realized that where I was headed was not actually my home. Instead, this moment served as a picture of heaven, that far-off country which we cannot see. It was a reminder of that fact of my heavenly citizenship.

Whenever I see a striking part of God’s creation like this one, I see it as a glimpse and a shadowy picture of heaven. These moments come and go, but the knowledge of living where I do not belong does not.

The longing to see my home in Oamaru was soon replaced by a stronger one, that of waiting for the return of Jesus in the clouds, and our ascension into heaven. Only then will we truly be at home. Because, after all,

This world is not our home.

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7 thoughts on “Pictures of Home

  1. Oh, Thank you so much, Miss Rhoda, for lifting our eyes to Heaven! In a beautiful country such as New Zealand, it is indeed easy to picture the place that God has prepared for those who love Him, although no one can fully imagine the beauty, splendor and majesty of that place!

    You are so precious to see our Lord in every aspect and area of your life. A true blessing to those who witness it!

    God bless you as you abide in Him, my sweet sister!

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