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Topic: Satisfied (10/11/04)

TITLE: Satisfied?.......Not Just Yet!
By Jean Boulmay
10/14/04

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We live in a beautiful world with all shapes and sizes of trees, colorful flowers, huge mountains, white clouds, and blue sky. We are provided a sun that gives us warmth and light, and a moon to guide our way in the darkness of night. Gifts from God are abundant.

I have lived in California, near Yosemite National Park. The waterfalls, and beauty of the land is breathtaking.

My husband and I have lived on the Chesapeake Bay, where we could watch the always-changing water. We had a pier that we would walk out on and catch enough crabs for our dinner. In the summer time, the tall shade trees, and green grass in our yard, was a wonderful place to watch sail boats, and have picnics. We could also see bright lights of large cruise ships, as they passed by at night. In the winter, we saw birds sitting atop icebergs floating past our warm, cozy home. We experienced the beauty and peace of nature while gazing at the water of the Chesapeake Bay.

We have lived in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. We had a home that jutted out of the mountain at 9000 feet, high in the thin mountain air. Our deck was suspended away from the side of the mountain, and we could see for a hundred miles. There were snow-topped mountains all around us. From our perch, we saw trees, valleys, huge boulders, and jagged rocks. We saw elk, deer, chipmunks, bear, raccoons, and sometimes-even moose. We experienced the beauty and peace of the mountains, and all kinds of wildlife.

We have lived at sea level, in Houston, Texas. The large city provided anything and everything we needed made by man.

We have now settled into life on a serene lake. We see all varieties of birds, on land and water. We have pecan trees in our front yard, and wildflowers around the fountain. We have a back porch with two green rocking chairs that overlooks a boathouse, a pier, and two docks. There is beauty all around. I have the gift of my husband with which to share the water, and the gorgeous sunsets.

I have experienced the joy of becoming a mother and grandmother. I appreciate the wonderful gifts God has given to make my journey easier. But, even though this world has a lot to offer, there is still something missing. Iím not totally satisfied, because, I am not yet home. When my final destination is reached, the beauty of this earth will not be missed. Since God made everything on earth just for our journey, how much more glorious he must have made our final home.

I miss loved ones who have already passed on. Iím tiredÖ..tired of wanting to say and do the right thing, but somehow managing to do it wrong, and having to ask forgivenessÖ.once again. I long for the peace that will last forever, not just snatches here and there. I want to see the one who created me. I want to experience eternal joy of knowing Iím finally home.

Although Iím extremely grateful for my many, many gifts, my face is turned toward my Fatherís home. Earth is my worksite only. I will stay here until the work I have been assigned is completed, and then go home.

Sometimes my visit here is very pleasant. But, I am finding it increasingly difficult to be truly satisfied. I am homesick! I am yearning for my final home.


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Lucian Thompson10/19/04
Jean, I too, long for that day when I will live in eternity with our savior. I too, live on the Chesapeake Bay and enjoy itís beauty, but I long for the beauty of all that God has in store for me. SoonÖÖ.
Dori Knight10/19/04
beautiful thoughts, jean! blessings ~ dori
Dave Wagner10/19/04
What a wonderful read! A warm, expertly-crafted piece. It shines. I loved your descriptions of the various places you have lived.

Thanks for posting this.
Joanne Malley10/21/04
Jean,
You're a lucky lady to have had your homes near such beauty. Perhaps, God has been giving you tiny glimpses of the beauty of your future home. Heartwarming article.
Blessings,
Joanne
Mary Elder-Criss10/21/04
beautifully written piece, Jean. Thanks for sharing this with us. I consistently enjoy your writing.
darlene hight10/23/04
This is really an excellent piece that drives home a beautiful truth.