Do you remember the old song on Sesame Street that says, “One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn’t belong…” It is obvious from this photo which of these petals does not belong. Living as a foreigner in France meant that I often felt like a misfit. After almost thirty years of living in France I am still dumbfounded by newly discovered differences in their thinking!
What is even more surprising to me is having this same out-of-place feeling when in the USA. My frame of reference has changed and I have grown comfortable with what previously was strange to me. I find it difficult to change again to the American way of thinking. So in fact, I consider myself a misfit on both sides of the ocean.
Today’s verse is part of a chapter listing great men and women of faith. What is true of all of them is that they were looking for a country of their own. They were not comfortable in their culture. They were longing for a better country, a heavenly one (vs 16). Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God. So in one sense, we are ALL called to be misfits. As believers, our citizenship is in heaven so we do not feel too comfortable in whatever country we live. We are not home yet.
I love living in France and I love living in the States. But in fact, there is a restlessness inside of me. I want a better country. And He is preparing it for me!
Lord, keep me looking toward that country to come!