When I am in India people are constantly asking me, “So when are you going back home to the U.S?” And when I am home in Oregon I get the same question, “So when are you going back to your home in India?” It’s strange at times living in two worlds and not having permanent roots in either world. When I am in India I miss my family and wish I could be there to spend more time with my niece and nephew who are growing up way too fast. I also miss some of the comforts of home, the food, and Western culture. When I am at home in Oregon I miss my farm in India and the people there that I have come to call family. How come I can never truly be 100% content where I am?
I was reading the passage in Matthew 8 the other day about a young scribe that approaches Jesus and asks him to become one of his disciples. He boldly says, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” But to this Jesus replies, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Reading this, I never really thought about the fact that Jesus was functionally homeless during his years of ministry and in between two worlds as well. He must have struggled with the same feelings that I am, yet to an even greater degree because he left heaven itself to come down to earth! Yet you never see him complaining. Instead he invests 100% where God has him and shows incredible contentment in the midst of so many trials and disappointment. It has been comforting to me during these times of back and forth between my two “homes” to know that Christ is truly able to empathize with my struggles because he has walked in my shoes (Hebrews 4:15).