Summer may bring the opportunity to cross borders and visit foreign lands. If you are based in the UK this means border controls to enter or leave the country where someone checks your passport. However, being based in The Netherlands, and holidaying in Italy by car recently, I crossed Dutch, Belgian, French, Swiss, German and Italian borders to visit Como, Lombardo without an ID check. Bliss!
Your temporal ID is based on your nationality or residence but what about your eternal ID? We are called to be ambassadors of Christ in thought, word and deed but although residents of his kingdom we have dual nationality in this world.
Do you find that concept difficult on a daily basis? I do. Hence my admiration for and inspiration from people like Joni Eareckson Tada who are experts at Finding God in Hidden Places.
Holidays are important sources of nostalgic moments, the “remembering of another time and place”. It’s a yearning to pass through and reach the other side, as C S Lewis said.
“One day you’ll bathe in peace like this…satisfaction will shower you…this joy will last forever.” And it can start now. Make a memory today. It’ll be a memory of heaven. A touch of holiness in a hidden place.
May all your ID checks and travels go smoothly this summer!
“They were longing for a better country – a heavenly one.” Hebrews 11:16