Jan

25

Vagabond

Vagabond: Somebody who has no permanent place to live and wanders from place to place.

So often I live this life in comfort and ease, taking in all of the pleasures that I can grab on to. When I am living good, eating good, speaking well, and surrounded by people who agree with my every word, I’m quite satisfied. And then something jolts me back into the reality that there is so much that I don’t see or that I choose to ignore that is worth so much more than a lifetime of pleasure.

I like the above definition of vagabond. In some way I’ve always wanted to be just that. I’ve admired those who backpack across country, or head for the hills and grow gardens and move their home often. I heard of a man once who made it is goal to always be able to put all of his possessions in a Volkswagen Bug. I like that.

In reality, being a follower of Jesus means that I am a vagabond. My permanent home is Heaven If I could only keep this in mind. If I could only hold more loosely to the things that are fleeting and hold more tightly to that which will remain forever.

There is so much more than aging gracefully, or having a dream home,- I have a purpose to this life. It has something to do with loving others and being honest- But it goes even deeper than the romantic vagabond desires that are becoming popular. It has more to do with me being made whole as a person, and being compelled to tell those I love about the life that I find in knowing Jesus.

Isaiah 61:1-3
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, He has sent me to comfort the broken hearted and proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be released.

John 3:17
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.

In closing- a bit of Bethany Dillon’s song “Vagabond”

So run like a vagabond carry the flame
Run for the children and run for the slaves
Hold it up high with a message of faith
Don’t ever stop moving on
Just run like a vagabond

Much love,

Katie

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