by Vania Tan
Ever wished the Lord would pluck you out of your misery or stagnant life and place you somewhere else instead? Some might add, “Where the sun, sea and beach are please!”
At some point, we probably spent a good amount of time calculating our days of leave, seeking out cheap airfare deals and travel tours. These captivating headlines shout at us: “A three-day-two-night shopping trip in Bangkok”, “A week of food paradise in Taiwan”, “A tour for taste buds in Japan”, “An exploration in the clear waters of the Maldives” or even a world trip in 80 days!
Yet after every trip, we experience that same familiar feeling we all know too well—a slap back into reality, where our physical body returns but our minds are still wandering. No doubt traveling and exploring other cultures are things most of us love to do, but when wanderlust turns into a deep desire to elope, escape or migrate because we are discontented with our present state, we could be falling into wonderlust instead.
With discontentment comes the desire for a new lifestyle, a new home or country to live in, or even a new identity among new friends. These thoughts become unhealthy when they flood our minds, stir our hearts, and tickle our senses.
See what Acts 17:24–26 says: “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place” (ESV).
The very last sentence may have piqued your curiosity. Since God has determined the places we reside beforehand, perhaps it is wise then that we commit our heart, soul, and mind to wherever the Lord has called us to be and serve Him there faithfully. Count God’s blessings in our lives and be assured that He has placed us where we are for a reason. For some, there might be a time and season for change. But until God tells us otherwise, let’s continually seek and live out God’s call. He can use us mightily to serve Him, only if we let Him.