As I write this, I’m looking out my window down Beacon Hill, across the rolling hills of Pennsylvania at the clear, sharp horizon in the far distance. A few lingering, dried leaves still cling to bare trees. Puffy cumulus clouds fill half the sky against a backdrop of baby blue. I watch and hear the winds blow up from the valley, and the weather is getting brisk. After being Stranded in Paradise for seven and a half months, we have finally arrived home. Or have we?
Where is home, anyway? After creating a home in Taiwan for almost two years, and then in Guam for another eight months, have we finally arrived at our “real” home in the United States as we wait for Taiwan’s borders to re-open? Here is where most of our “stuff” is located—an accumulation of over forty-plus years. But is this more of a home than Taiwan, or even Guam? Somehow, no place feels permanent anymore. Perhaps this is as God intends for it to be. Those of us who are citizens of His Kingdom “have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”¹
No Greater Joy
English has many thoughtful sayings about home, such as Dorothy’s in the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.”² Dorothy could just as easily have said, “Home is where the heart is.” I ask myself, “Where is my heart?” As I ponder these questions and tarry on this earthy sphere—as my heart yearns for “my eternal home in heaven, not built by human hands”—I find that one of my greatest joys has been to help other people find their eternal home. To help them place their hearts in the hands of the Eternal King.
“…I find that one of my greatest joys has been to help other people find their eternal home.”
For us at Create Taiwan, that’s where media wields its influence in the grand spectacle of life. For the viewers, those who don’t yet know the King, media helps call them to their true home. For the creators, those privileged to work hand-in-hand with the King to light the path for His children through media, this can be a source of the greatest of joys—an opportunity to “share in the Master’s happiness.” When I finally arrive at my eternal home, how I long to hear those words from the Master: “'Well done, good and trustworthy servant! Since you've been faithful with a small amount, I'll put you in charge of a large amount. Come and share your master's joy!”³
Yes, home is where the heart is. And as my heart looks toward the not-too-distant horizon at its eternal homecoming, it remains firmly rooted and grounded here in these temporary dwellings—these sukkot⁴ in the wilderness—sharing in the Master’s joy by telling His Story, His Words interpreted through the creativity that He bestowed upon us when He formed us in His image.⁵ There is no greater joy!
- Hans W.
1 - 2 Cor. 5:1
2 - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/ If you watch the trailer linked from this IMDB page, you’ll hear Dorothy say her famous line at 1 min 54 sec.
3 - Matt. 25:23
4 - Sukkot were temporary “homes” for the ancient nation of Israel as they wandered through the wilderness on the way to the promised land. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukkot
5 - See Gen. 1:27