I felt it as I was walking our dog, Hodie, this morning. Things just seem weird. Of course, as I’m writing this, school is closed for another day due to flooding. That always seems to throw things off a little. Yet, I think it’s more than this.
For, approximately, the past eighteen months life has just seemed weird. The pandemic has made things weird. As much as we want it to, life hasn’t quite returned to “normal” yet. Our politics seem even weirder than thy normally are. There is such division in this country and even in our local community over political and governing matters. No one seems to want to agree or give the slightest sense of compromise. This makes things weird. Sports are kind of weird as well. The pandemic has affected seasons and games and it just still seems to feel a little off. We are closer to “normal”, but we aren’t there yet.
Maybe it’s just me. You might feel that everything is back to normal, and life seems like it has always been. I’m sure there are some that feel that way. I’m not there yet. Things still seem strange and “off” to me. I haven’t felt “normal” in a while.
As I’ve thought about this sense of weirdness that I’m experiencing, I believe God has been working on my heart. I hear his voice whisper, “this world is supposed to feel weird. It’s not your home. You weren’t created to live here forever. You were created to be here for a little while, but your heart belongs somewhere else. This should feel weird.”
I forget this sometimes. Most of us, if not all of us, live very comfortable lives. We don’t worry about where our next meal is coming from. We are able to pay our bills. We might not live in a mansion, but we have heat, A/C, running water and indoor plumbing. Most of us enjoy cable or satellite TV or stream entertainment into our homes. It’s easy to be comfortable and it’s easy to begin to believe this is where we are supposed to be. Until we feel that weirdness, and wonder what’s wrong.
Nothing is wrong. As disciples, this world should feel weird to us. The expectations of the world should feel weird. The priorities of the world should feel weird. The values of the world are not our values. The morals of the world are not our morals and what the world considers to be “success” should feel weird to us as we strive to live for Christ upon this earth. Weird shouldn’t be an abnormal feeling, it should be what we are feeling.
So, I hope you feel weird. I hope you think this world is strange. I hope you feel like you don’t belong. We were created for greater things than this. While we are here, we must love and serve like Christ and show Him through our actions and words. But as we do this, this world should continue to feel weird and strange. We weren’t made for this world. It’s just weird.
As the old hymn says……This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through.