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Signposts: Daily Devotions

Written by Renée Miller

Monday, June 8

For we are aliens and transients before you, as were all our ancestors.
—1 Chronicles 29:15a

Aliens, transients, sojourners, wayfarers before God on this earth. It is a daunting thought. It brings us face to face with our mortality. As the Buddhists say, everything is impermanent. We are left wondering what the purpose of such sojourning is since the only inevitable outcome in life is that we will someday leave the earth we now inhabit. 

Rather than the sojourner's existence fraught with insecurity, where our future is as capricious as sand in the desert wind, we would prefer stable soil.

Yet those sojourners who embrace insecurity see miracles every day. They see with eyes that are fresh and curious.  They notice the new pattern of the shifting sand and are excited by the sight. There is little chance of a wayfarer having their eyes glaze over from ceaseless routine. 

There may be uncertainty and questions about the future, but the alien, the stranger, the wayfarer and sojourner are present in the moment that is right before them. In that moment they have the possibility of seeing God.

Gracious God, when I clamor to grab onto my existence as if it were my purchased possession, let me open my soul and breathe the air of being present right now.