There is a song by The Alarm entitled “One Step Closer To Home”. Part of it goes like this:
And the tougher it gets
And the more that I sweat
And the harder it fights
And the deeper it bites
I’m one step closer to home.
I was thinking on those lyrics and thinking of all those people that I know, and those that I don’t, that can say those lyrics are true. Those people for whom life is incredibly tough, those hundreds of thousands of people in
this country in true poverty, and the millions around the world. Those people that even the thought of going outside their house causes them to break into a sweat.
Romans 8, verse 22 says “For we know that creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth…”, the apostle Paul speaking about the struggles that life brings, the hardships, and the difficulties that just being alive forces upon us. However just before that in verse 20 it says “…But with eager hope the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.” Christians believe that life is
something to be lived, with all your heart, and energy, yet never forgetting, in the good parts, and the bad parts, that we have a home with God…glorious freedom from death and decay. And every step we take, we’re one step closer to our home.
Kieran Woodward – Assistant Leader King’s Lynn Baptist Church