We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.
(1 Chronicles 29:15 NLT)
For the rest of the Lenten journey, I've decided to become a hobo. My good friend, Carol Ann, found a devotion with the intriguing title: A Lenten Hobo Honeymoon, written by Edward Hays. In this devotion, the author relates that the word hobo was coined as a contraction of "homeward bound." I like it! I want to live with a greater consciousness of my transitory status here on earth. I want this consciousness to inform how I live my life now.
So with that in mind, I am adding this devotion to my stack. The book invites me to see myself as a sojourner longing for home, as well as a newly wed bride, who savors every waking moment with her Bridegroom. An interesting combination to be sure, but the unlikely companionship of these two words, challenges me to take my eyes off of me and put them back on the Beloved Son of God.
I have always wanted to pick up and just go see the world. And while I can't just leave my husband with TV dinners and hop a train, I can imagine what it would be like to start each day wondering where my Beloved Jesus will invite me to go next. As an artist and writer, I have been looking forward to dedicating the next month to creative pursuits.
Even before, Carol Ann hollered, "All Aboard!" with this gem of a devotion, I was dreaming about planning my calendar for March in such a way as to explore more of our hometown, with a heart open to where Jesus might want to go this month as we contemplate His life, passion and ressurection.
Here's how I want to honor Jesus for the rest of Lent:
1.) I'm going to continue writing letters to my Beloved Savior, little notes or poems each day to tell Him how much I love Him.
2.) I am going to plan several out of the ordinary day trips to explore St. Louis with the eyes of an artist/writer, rather than a tourist.
3.) And to top it all off, I hope to report back with some spiritual insights and a deeper love for Jesus.