I walked onto the porch last evening to take the garbage to the can. A loud fan was running in the distance and my first thought was, Peanut harvest. My very next thought was that this is now home.
I have lived here long enough to know that a loud fan blowing in the autumn means the farmers are drying the peanuts. In a couple of weeks the rains will come and will last for a month or more. The temperature will slowly drop, sweaters will be necessary, and the leaves, just now turning brilliant shades of red and gold, will be gone.
I recently started meeting with another author to encourage each other and to have a little accountability. She asked what I like to read and I had no trouble telling her that I enjoy non-fiction, mostly biographies and autobiographies. But, I told my husband later, I actually have six books going right now. Two are fiction, four non-fiction, and yes, one is an autobiography. “You’re finally my real wife,” he said with a smile.
Matt is always in the process of reading several books. Right now he has five going. He just finished one last night.
I have lived here eleven years. I have been married to Matt for nearly twenty-six years. Time breeds familiarity.
Time and exposure lead to understanding, expectations, even imitation.
It is no different for our Christian lives of faith. It takes time and exposure to develop faith, understanding. It takes years before expectations develop into trustworthy ideas. And imitation is most commonly found in the mature believer.
The one thing that doesn’t take time? Actually, there are two. God accepts you immediately into his home and right away he calls you his real child.
Welcome home, sweet child of God.
These (Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Sarah) all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. Hebrews 11:13-16