Although Gonzo’s got a violin here and not a mandolin, they’re both strung the same way. I feel like I’m strung the same way as this strange character from The Muppets – not of this world.
“Oh, Lord, You know I have no Friend like You.
If heaven’s not my home, then Lord what will I do?”
This world is so not my home.
I used to be too trusting of people. Over time, though, with bad experiences, the more people I met, the more I learned not to trust them.
It got to where I’d ask myself, when getting to know a new friend, “I wonder if this person will turn on me.”
That progressed to, “WHEN will this person turn on me?”
To whom can I turn who will not turn on me?
To whom can I tell the things that trouble me?
Why, to Jesus, of course!
I believe Jesus already knows my troubles, but at the same time, I take comfort in knowing He’s cool with me telling Him the same stories over and over again, as well as the ones that are new to me. He understands my situation of being human and “not all there”.
Without Jesus, I would surely feel alone in this shadowy valley of death through which I walk.
A thing about valleys, though, is that there are higher places around them. And it is to the ultimate higher place that I will one day ascend, far beyond this present darkness, where I will see the Light of God Himself.
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.“ (Matthew 5:8)
That makes me ask, “Am I pure in heart?”
And my answer is, “I don’t think so.”
I did a little searching and found someone’s thoughts that help illuminate this situation: “Blessed Are The Pure In Heart” commentary
Well, I know I’m far from pure as a human. But the one in Whom my faith is established – the Lord Jesus Christ, who not only gave His life for me but also returned to life after all that – is pure. Pure and perfect and precious.
And so, with the purity of Christ covering me, I look forward to seeing God.
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)
I welcome discussion on this topic, to know your thoughts on what the Lord has shown you in His Word. I surely don’t know it all.
But back to the first lines in this blog post, from the song “This World Is Not My Home”. A few days ago, I looked for it on YouTube. I had mostly only heard it while singing it with friends, back in the days when I used to meet with a local Christian assembly. Lo and behold, there it was being sung by a musician whose music I adore, AND he was also playing my favourite instrument – the mandolin, which I’m currently learning to play.
Here, have a listen to “This World Is Not My Home” as recorded by Ricky Skaggs. Maybe you can relate, too.
PS: A related post that refers back to this: What’m I, Chopped Beef?