the Rooted Sojourner

I travel the world but I have more to see, to experience.

I crave new tastes, new sounds, new cultures, but sometimes I want the familiar, the comfortable.

I desire belonging but I belong nowhere, at least here.

I move but I’m rooted. This world is not my home but my home is forever with Christ, and wherever He leads me.

Some days He takes me so far from what I know, to places I don’t want to go. It stretches me, my senses, my compassion, my abilities, my language.

Those days He holds my hand a little tighter and reminds me that He never leaves me, never forsakes me.

Some days I delight in my travels, like a child dancing carefree on the sands with the wind whipping through my hair and not a care in the world.

Those day He sits back and laughs in delight at my delight.

Some days the tears fall. They fall for friends lost, lost to new places, to different callings, to the next thing. Tears fall for the challenges, for the daily grind, for the struggle against the natural or convenient.

Those days He lets the tears fall, arms wrapped around me right and wipes them away when they stop.

Some days I question. Am I enough? For my husband, for my children? I question my teaching, my commitment, my abilities. I question if my faith is enough when the path is hard to see.

Those days He says yes. Through His word, through friends, through a million things that says He never fails and that is enough. I am enough because He is enough.

I sojourn. I am a temporary traveler in this world until I reach my forever Home, but I am not without roots.

My roots are forever in Him and His promises. My Jesus, my king. He leads me, He holds me, He stills my heart and holds my hands and guides me through the unknown. He gives me peace and joy beyond understanding.

I am the rooted sojourner.

-Maggie

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15 thoughts on “the Rooted Sojourner

  1. Right before I read this i read about Abraham and how he too was a sojourner in a land not his own. Sojourner is not an everyday word for me so it stuck out! The Israelites too were sojourners in Egypt. Your words beautifully describe how God deals with us gently & intimately as we walk in foreign lands, often longing for the familiar. Know our family prays daily for you!

  2. I thought of you this morning when I wrote, “home is where my surrender is,” in my journal. Thought of your pillow and now I see it’s this…which is absolutely perfect and powerful. I love it because I’m learning that no matter where I live or travel, it will always come up empty if my roots aren’t grounded in Jesus. Only He nourishes me. Love love love this.

  3. Maggie, thank you so much for sharing this with the Velvet Ashes community. So, so true! I especially like how you ended this post.

    “I sojourn. I am a temporary traveler in this world until I reach my forever Home, but I am not without roots.

    My roots are forever in Him and His promises. My Jesus, my king. He leads me, He holds me, He stills my heart and holds my hands and guides me through the unknown. He gives me peace and joy beyond understanding.

    I am the rooted sojourner.”

    1. Thanks Patty! I have a heart for the overseas worker community- I love the Velvet Ashes site because it ministers so much to the need to connect, when most of us are too far to connect in person. The theme of “home” has always been a life theme for me, as an adult TCK married to another TCK, raising our own small brood of TCK’s 🙂

  4. I love your writing! These thoughts on home, roots, your questions/struggles/grieving and God’s speaking words of truth and heart connection to you really ministered to me. I’ve always loved tree roots too and like that picture of the roots stretched out so far! “I am enough because God is enough” will go with me today. Thank you

    1. The beginnings are always so full of ups and downs. Hang in there and hang on to God. He will bring along those blessings that lift your spirits just when you need it.

    1. Thanks! I enjoyed your post- I forever am having to be reminded to open my eyes with a heavenly perspective so I can see the world as God sees the world. It’s all too easy to block out the uncomfortable. Thank you for your encouragement!

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