It was 44 degrees here in West Palm Beach yesterday morning. So, of course, I opened all the windows. I couldn’t help myself.
It’s in my DNA.
It felt like Christmas morning. As soon as I woke up, I quickly checked the weather app on my phone to see if the forecast had been correct. Indeed, it had been. Within a few minutes I was bundled up in the fleece sweatshirt I never get a chance to wear unless I turn down the air conditioning, and my hands were wrapped around a steaming mug of coffee with the porch door open and the curtains blowing in the “arctic” breezes. I felt completely at home.
You see, there’s not a gene in my body that was meant for the tropics where I happen to live. I’ve been doing some ancestry research (complete with spitting in a DNA test tube to verify my ethnicity) and tracking down “my people” across the centuries and the seas. They came from Sweden and Switzerland. And that DNA test? It showed that I’m 73% Scandinavian. My people came from lands of mountains and snow and long winters. Places where a fleece sweatshirt would be part of the daily wardrobe instead of a once or twice a year treat. I honestly think I get excited about chilly temps dipping down into South Florida because it’s in my blood to feel at home in a cooler climate.
Oh yes, God has a sense of humor, placing me in the land of eternal summer when my DNA is more suited to snow.
Maybe it’s the same way with our spiritual DNA. We’re wired and created for another place, one so unlike the place we find ourselves now. God says that he has “set eternity in our hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We may find ourselves with a longing and an ache for the place where everything will be perfect and right. We know this world is not really our home with its troubles and tears. But for today and for whatever days God ordains for us, this is where we are. So we wait and thrive and grow and learn and serve, and watch for glimpses of what will be.
For me, my glorious little cold front was a glimpse into something much more grand and eternally important. There will come a day when I’m exactly where God created me to be. With Him. Forever. But until then, I’ll look forward to days when I can open the windows and wear my fleece sweatshirt when the temperatures dip. And be reminded to set my heart on eternity.
Since it’s in my DNA.
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Colossians 3:1
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20
But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:16