Tuesday, October 16, 2012

{17} We Wait Because We're Wandering

My brother sent me this movie trailer for Somewhere Between.  It's a documentary about American teenagers who were adopted from China.  One says, "I don't think I could ever consider myself fully Chinese or fully American [...] I'm always going to be sort of somewhere between."

TRAILER: Somewhere Between - A Feature Documentary from Linda Knowlton on Vimeo.

As an internationally adoptive mother, I'm fascinated and broken-hearted and want to take these young girls by the hand and crank up Mandi Mapes' song "Stranger"... because the point of the song is that it's good for Christians to feel out of place in this world.

 this world is not my home
i am a stranger in this country
jesus in me
won't you pour me out, i'm ready
to abandon
all these shiny things
my family
and this american dream, lord.
come take it all from me
until there's nothing left
but you

No, I don't know how it feels to be in these girls shoes.  But I do know that those of us who wait know what it means to be stuck between.

Remember towards the beginning of this series, when we discovered that waiting is universal?  Well, maybe it's a little more universal than I even let on.  Because if you call yourself a Christian, then you are identifying yourself with a people who wander in the desert and live often in the Land Between.  We long for a better country... a heavenly one (Heb 11:6).

I want to tell these not quite Chinese and not quite American girls, "You're right! You're not home in either country... but no daughter of Christ is at home in any country on this planet."
I want to tell them, and you, sweet waiting believer, that the Bible says we are aliens in this world.  It's just that most of us forget that.  Pain blesses you with a reminder of the truth... this world is not home.  As Christians, we wander for a short while on this globe before going Home.

We feel out of place,
stuck in the middle,
not at home...
because that's what we are.

Every ache, every lack of resolution... it is a merciful reminder that this world is not your home.

Whatever you're waiting for,
thank God for the reminder that this Earth is not the goal.
The Earth is not our home.

Thank God He's given us a sense of where Home is.
(And where it is not).

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3 comments:

Cameron said...

Had to share these lyrics by Building 429:

"Sometimes it feels like I'm watching
From the outside
Sometimes it feels like I'm breathing
But am I alive?

I won't keep searching for answers
That aren't here to find

All I know is I'm not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

So when the walls come falling
Down on me
And when I'm lost in the current
Of a raging sea

I have this blessed assurance
Holding me

All I know is I'm not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

When the earth shakes
I wanna be found in You
When the lights dim
I wanna be found in You

All I know is I'm not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

All I know is I'm not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong"

Katie said...

I've been bloggy absent lately, but I had to comment. A friend sent me an invite to a showing of this in Birmingham in November. If they get so many people to advance buy a ticket they will be able to show it for one night only in Birmingham. I'm actually looking forward to seeing it myself. :-)

RACHEL said...

Cameron... those lyrics are perfect. I'm looking the band up now. I love songs that remind me of truth!

Katie, WHEN ARE THEY SHOWING IT!?!?! If it's on a weekend, can I get tickets??