As we drive the roadways of our campground complex, we see many fancy campers and motor homes. Some offer lifestyles that rival the fabulous condominiums of Palm Beach. Several are for sale. We looked at one that offers more space than the house we left in West Virginia, with storage in every nook and cranny, hot water on demand, a glassed in shower, space for a washer and dryer, and a Lazy boy recliner with massage and heat. There is only one negative feature. It can not be driven. It must be towed. Were we to choose it as our home, we would be bound to this place.
The seller is offering it at a reasonable, actually low, price. It looked wonderful and sounded like a gift to us, but a gift from whom? And for what purpose? Self indulgence? Comfort? A life of ease? After ten days of togetherness in our small space, we dreamed briefly of surrendering our shallow tent pegs and indulging ourselves in the luxury of permanence and comfort. We could purchase it. We would love to live in it. It even has room for guests.
We thought of each other. Abby knew how much I would love the space and the storage. I knew how much she would enjoy the recliner, the built in sound system, and the fantastic mattress.
And yet…After our so-recent surrendering of stuff and space, it seemed a betrayal of all that we have committed to doing and becoming. Mobility in ministry, freedom to follow Jesus where ever he may call us, simple living, so that we can help others simply live…Were they only words that we shared, or are they the basis of who we are, the center of who we are to be?
We said No to the temptation, but even as the warmth of knowing we made the right decision spreads through us, we look longingly in the direction of where we might have been. When new owners move into our dream house, we will bless them and smile in relief that this temptation has passed. There will be others, but we will keep reminding ourselves that there are many rooms in our Father’s house. Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us, and we will have all the space we need when we get there!