This World is Not my Home

Written by Tina

September 12, 2016

This past month has been a weird one in my little world.  Friends and loved ones dealing with biopsies, cancer, death, family dealing with mental health issues,  divorce, grief.  Financial issues all over this world.  Death and sickness here in Nigeria as well as the enormity of the task before us. After 27 years of searching and advocating for missing and exploited children the Wetterling family and the rest of Minnesota knows what happened to Jacob Wetterling.  This lively, lovely 11 year old was kidnapped at gunpoint by a masked man, handcuffed,  molested, shot and buried. This lovely family finally knows where Jacob is, their hope for a live son is gone.  Then I didn’t even mention our choices for President in the United States.  Really?

I was thinking last week, what is this world coming to?  Why the pain, the hurt, the ick!  My little world has always felt very cheery, the good will win, bad guys lose, people truly have goodness deep down inside.  After all, I have worked with pre-schoolers for over 30 years.  My world has crashed, reality has hit, and at 52 years of age I now know that this is not REAL.  My world has not been real.  God reminded me with this song this week why I am having these growing pains.

This world is not my home
I’m just a-passing through
My treasures are laid up
Somewhere beyond the blue.

Oh Lord, you know
I have no friend like you
If heaven’s not my home
Then Lord what will I do.
The angels beckon me
From heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home
In this world anymore.
Friends, this is why we are here in Nigeria.  Satan is real and alive and the longer I live, the more I feel like I am living in the wrong world.  The Bible reminds me why this is true. Hebrews 13:14 For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. That is why we are here on Earth, all of us!  To glorify God and bring the hope and life that only Jesus can give until we land in our permanent home.  HEAVEN!
My point for today is this:  If you are with me and feeling like how can life go on in this World like this, there is Hope and we need to spread that hope like never before.  There is Hope and Life in Jesus – Only Jesus!


  1. Kimberley Raycraft

    I lived in the land of make believe and silly songs and games, then grew into the world of the challenged child and adult and loved that too. All the while abstaining from too much media. Too much reality is not healthy and I have the health to prove it. We are strangers and aliens here. I choose to live vicariously through those who have the damaged world to deal with in time, but first deserve a time of fun and make believe and learning. You are my best and dearest support now for 8 years. God bless you as you demonstrate to others that Jesus is the only way.

    • Tina

      Thank you, Kim, we have been through much these past 8 years and I’m so thankful for the love and prayers we have shared and continue to share!

  2. Lynn

    Amen and amen!!! I can so relate! I love you both dearly. May our future hope far outshine this present reality. May The Comforter wrap you up in His Peace that is far beyond this world’s comforts. Praying for you and yours.

  3. Tina

    Thank you, Lynn, for your prayers and the love and friendship we share when Sweden and Nigeria get together!

  4. Susan

    Oh Tina, I read this with tears of sadness and joy! Your words couldn’t be more perfect to describe how I have felt the last couple of weeks! My heart bleeds for you, me, our loved ones and this hurting world! This is not our home, for sure. And we need to press on with hope. But I sure long for the day when we will all be together with our LORD in heaven! Until then, we press on wearing the Armor of God as we fight this battle side by side. I love you so much and eagerly await the day I can hug you in Nigeria…so hope it can be soon, dear friend! Thank you so much for listening to the voice of God and for being obedient to His call on your life. You inspire me deeply! ((Big hugs))!!!

  5. Tina

    Susan, thank you for your encouragement, and thank you for being obedient as well! Love and hugs back to you and Ivan!


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