Yesterday we’d hoped to be driving out of Canada. Instead, we are adjusting to the reality of a three-day delay in our truck repairs. Rather than searching for a place in Michigan to boondock for the night, we are in the unexpected position of attending Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration.
Today, July 1st, is Canada Day. Our RV neighbors sit outside sipping on beer with a Canadian flag emblazoned on the can while wearing red t-shirts with a large white maple leaf in the center. An “I Am Canadian” flag proudly stretches across the back of their RV. Fifty feet away, the juxtaposition* of our Idaho license plates make us the obvious imposters in the group.
TIME TO SING AND CELEBRATE
“Well,” I announce, “perhaps it’s time we learned the Canadian national anthem.”
“The what?” my kids asked, perplexed.
“It’s easy. It starts like this: O Canada” I hold the note long for effect and then ask them to practice with me. Three times through and they can sing the first two words like natives. “Ok that’s perfect for now. We’ll add on later.”
We do some quick research and discover that we won’t have to travel far to partake in the special Canadian celebration. It’s an odd feeling, like making arrangements to be present at a stranger’s wedding, to plan to attend fireworks and festivity for a country that’s not your home.
OUR TRUE HOME
And yet, the strange reality strikes me suddenly: this is exactly what Christ followers do all the time. We work hard, make plans, and attend celebrations in a world that is not our home; heaven is our true home.
The trick is to keep from confusing the two. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in the excitement of living, that we forget Who we are really living for. So while my American friends settle in for a quiet Saturday evening at home tonight, we plan to be out late with our faces turned skyward. As the fireworks dance in the evening sky, I hope we can both feel the longing for home, our true home.
“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Hebrews 13:14”
juxtaposition /ˌjəkstəpəˈziSH(ə)n/ the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect: Fifty feet away, the juxtaposition of our Idaho license plates make us the undiscovered imposters in the group.