Because what’s going on in the world affects my home country, which affects my home state, which affects my home town, which affects my home itself. In a sense, my country is my happy place, or at least directly affects it.
Soon after we purchased our “happy place” doormat, I began reading the book Idols of the Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick. In her book, Fitzpatrick recounted the story of Lot’s wife. I cringed when I reached this part of the book. Ever since I was a child, the imagery of Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt has been vivid in my mind—perhaps because I can identify with her heart.
God’s messengers warned Lot’s family to leave Sodom because of God’s impending judgment. In my mind, I picture Lot’s wife grasping for various belongings as she helps Lot herd her family out of their home. As they leave the confines of the city, Lot’s wife remembers the warning not to look behind them, but her heart fills with longing for what they are leaving behind, and she turns to gaze upon her home one last time. As her eyes fall on the burning city, her body solidifies into a crusty, lifeless pillar of salt.
As a child, this story stuck with me because it seemed gruesome. I couldn’t help imagining what she felt like and if her transformation was instantaneous or if her skin slowly hardened from her feet up like a sci-fi horror scene. Either way, the woman’s punishment always struck me as a bit harsh. She was, after all, following God’s command to leave. Why couldn’t she sneak a peek behind her?
Jesus told us in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” The true horror of this scene is rooted in the heart of Lot’s wife. Her treasure was in Sodom. Her home was her happy place, and she allowed herself to become so attached to it that she valued it above God’s direct commands. Her home was her idol.
“Well, at least my home isn’t Sodom,” was my initial reaction. But seriously, no matter where I find my happiness, contentment, and security—if it isn’t in God, I am no better than Lot’s wife.
Is your idea of happiness having a comfortable home in a comfortable world? I have to admit, that is what my heart naturally wants. God, however, wants His people to find their happiness, contentment, and comfort, not in this present world, but in the promise of the world to come.
We really have a special kind of security as Christians. We can rest assured, that no matter what happens to our earthly home, our heavenly one is going to be more amazing than we can even imagine. We have an established, prepared, and sanctified place to spend our eternity once our earthly home has passed away.
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2
If you find your happy place crumbling down around you during this divisive time, that means your treasure is placed inside a decaying world that will one day pass away. God instructs us to store up our treasure in a place that will never fade. Our future home with God in His kingdom is the only happy place that will never crumble.
We have a secure hope in the future that can bring us peace and patience no matter what happens to our earthly home.
How do you keep the fear of an unknown future from creeping into your happy place, and where do you find your happiness, contentment, and security today?
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