Nomad n. 1: a member of a people with no fixed residence but wandering from place to place usu. seasonally and within a well-defined territory in order to secure a food supply 2: an individual who roams about aimlessly.
When we think of nomads we most often see a snap shot of a people moving from place to place, making do with what they’ve got, or with what they are able to draw from the land that they are in, much like this definition from Webster’s Dictionary.
In my early 20’s, the aimlessness of nomads was alluring, romantic even, but I’m not in my 20’s anymore. Aimlessness has lost its appeal. But, the love of God compels me now, and everything has changed—even if at first glance it doesn’t look like it.
There are aspects of my life these past five years that look like a nomadic life; but, I am not without a fixed residence looking for a seasonal food supply, neither am I roaming aimlessly.
Its true that I have moved around a lot, however.
Financially, I am not as comfortable as I want to be at thirty-six years old—not at all. These last few years have been hard with all the transportation issues, job changes, debts, no savings, and no physical address to enter on the permanent line.
I could settle on the grimness of this picture. I could blame God for not helping me through all these circumstances fast enough. I could settle on being defeated and drown in a sea of discouragement.
The thing is, there are times when I did feel this way—and still do, even if only for a minute, an hour, a day, or a week.
I am reminded, however, time and again that the faith of Jesus Christ, which is the faith I now live by, is not based on feelings. His faith isn’t based on how I feel. The faith of Jesus has everything to do with who He is—He is all sufficient.
My faith is like a mustard seed, and its growing taller and taller in me (Matthew 13:31-32).
On a daily basis, I have to decide not to give the enemy a foothold in my life which I do by speaking the truth about who I am in Christ, and all that Jesus has secured on my behalf. I have to decide to trust Jesus more deeply, especially in those areas where I am not seeing His provision.
There is no one who cares for me as much as Jesus does (1 Peter 5:6-7).
He spoke these words into my heart the other day while I was praying. So I am settled on hope. I know that Abba is not to blame for a single one of the troubles I have faced, not a one! I am settled on Jesus always causing me to triumph and I am settled on His joy being my strength.
In Christ, ABBA FATHER’S LOVE IS MY HOME, and I will never be without residence because I live in Christ. I am one with Jesus, and He is one with the Father.
My residence is the kingdom of heaven, for all eternity (John 17:3).
Through these hard seasons I am learning about the bonds of godly love and patience. I’ve found in shuffling around into the homes of family and friends that I am thankful and, in them, blessed with many “home bases.” I’ve found deep and abiding comfort being rooted in Abba’s love, in knowing that He is my home and He directs my steps (Proverbs 16:9)—most especially when I end up a little off course.
The Word of God assures me that Jesus is my Shepherd (Psalm 23)—He protects me, nourishes me, and knows me because He loves me. I am His sheep, I hear His voice, and I know Him, and I follow Him; and I will not be snatched away (John 10:27-28).
So why the need for course correction?
Who doesn’t get a little distracted from time to time? Who doesn’t experience doubt or hesitation? Who doesn’t experience trial and tribulation? Which believer no longer needs to renew his or her mind?
I get distracted from time to time. I experience doubt, hesitation, trial, and tribulation. And I definitely need to continue renewing my mind.
I keep this in mind as I see a future move on the horizon: No matter where I go, or end up, home goes with me.
So I will keep pressing on, receiving instruction and correction from Abba Father in His word. Jesus is my shepherd. His rod and staff comfort me. I am in His land, drawing from Him the food I need daily. My God will supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
My life is never without a home, neither is it aimless.
I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever—this is home to me.
Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 23; Proverbs 16:9; Matthew 13:31-32, 17:20; John 10:27-28, 17:3; 1 Corithians 3:16; 2 Corithians 2:14, 12:9; Galatians 2:20; 1 Peter 5:6-7