After having served for decades in Africa, a missionary couple, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Morrison, were returning to New York to retire. After years of service they had no pension and their health was failing. They were worried and discouraged.
The Morrisons were on the same ship as President Theodore Roosevelt, who was returning from one of his African hunting expeditions.
No one paid any attention to the missionary couple. They watched the fanfare that accompanied the President and his entourage.
When the ship docked in New York, a band was waiting to greet the President. The Mayor and the dignitaries were there. The papers were full of the news about the President’s arrival.
No one was there for the missionary couple. They walked off the ship to find a cheap flat on the East Side. The next day would be filled with looking to see what they could do to make a living.
That night, the man said to his wife, “I can’t take this anymore; God is not treating us fairly.” His wife replied, “Why don’t you go in the next room and tell that to the Lord?” A short time later he returned but his face was different. His wife said, “What happened?” He replied, “The Lord settled it!”
Henry said, “I told the Lord that I was bitter; the President received a tremendous homecoming, when no one even met us at the dock! When I finished complaining, it seemed as though the Lord put his hand on my shoulder and simply said, “But you are not home yet!”
Hey Church, we are not home yet! This earth is not our home.
Take comfort from Hebrews 11:13 and I Peter 2:11 and remember that our citizenship is in heaven!
Be of good cheer! We are not home yet!
You are loved,
Pastor and Muzette