Truthfully, the movie the Wizard of Oz was just a little too weird and creepy for my taste. But I think it was Dorothy who famously said “there’s no place like home.” I’ll go ahead and rank that as one of the top 10 most true, non-biblical, understatements of all time. (I have to add in non-biblical because if I didn’t this particular statement wouldn’t have cracked the top 1000.)
My wife’s Aunt Audrey asked me just yesterday how hotel life was treating us. All I could tell her is that it’s just a hotel. After a while, one hotel room is the same as the other. Sure there are a few things that give each hotel its own unique signature, but all in in all, they aren’t very much different from the others. They all have a few things in common. A tv, a shower, a phone, some lamps, and an ac unit. But most importantly perhaps, is that none of them can compare to home.
As me and the fam embark on our journey to Thailand, we have braced ourselves for the reality of living out of suitcases and hotels for a while. Eventually, we are supposed to being staying on the grounds of the mission that Today’s Truth (the ministry that we are going to be helping out, www.todaystruth.com) is setting up. If you check out their blog, you can see that they are well under way with construction. But well under way isn’t the same as finished. So what that means is that we don’t really know exactly where we will be staying when we get to Thailand. I’m guessing another hotel.
Even though this is something that we anticipated, it is a constant reminder that these hotels, though they are comfortable and we are grateful for them, are not our home.
Friday evening, we got to spend some time with my good friend Nick and his family. He so eloquently reminded us that our journey to and in Thailand might not be the most comfortable or convenient, but to persevere through it all in order to perfect our character. For those of you reading this that aren’t Seventh-day Adventists, I guess I should explain that we believe the only thing we will take with us to heaven is our character. But we also believe that it can’t just be any character, it has to be one perfected by Christ. (I’ll probably delve deeper into this topic when I do my posting about “God” ,the last blog about reasons why we are going to Thailand)
Just like these hotels, this world is not my home. I’ve grown up knowing this. Perhaps that’s why I’ve never quite felt comfortable no matter where I am. Maybe, it was never the goal for me to be completely comfortable here. Could it be that the constant discomfort was to remind me of a much better place that is being prepared for me?
A little discomfort now in exchange for what lies ahead doesn’t seem like to bad of a trade off to me.
Side Note: If you check our pics you will see pictures of the hotel that we are staying at right now. I’ll also post pics of each hotel that we end up at. also, in case you were wondering why soon to be missionaries are living it up in such nice hotels and not staying with friends until we leave, I guess I should let you in on some things. First of all, I like my privacy. 🙂 Second of all, as some of you all ready know, I moonlight at Embassy Suites in downtown Fort Worth. Embassy Suites is part of the HIlton chain. One of the perks of working at the hotel is that I get unbelievable discounts at any Hilton brand. Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria, Double Tree, and Home2. There’s a website I go to for employees to see if the dates I want are available. If they are I book it and go. And so what it would cost you to stay 3 or 4 nights at some of these hotels, I can stay for a month. I know, unbelievable. just wanted to let you know that in case you were wondering why you should donate if all we are going to do is spend the money on lavish accomadations. Rest easy, there’s no lifestyles of the rich and famous going on over here. 🙂