This week I have been thinking about living in two different places, and how there is a big change in emotions from exiting one and going to another.
Going back to Portsmouth felt very strange, I wasn’t used to colder temperatures, seeing snow, other odd things like seeing much newer cars (Israel has plenty of cars from 1990s and sometimes older) a few people have left my church and a fair number of new people there. It was nice to see various different friends, but I didn’t get to see everyone I hoped to see. It was great to go to a Christmas Eve mass service in Portsmouth Cathedral, also nice to hang out at the legendary Chinese buffet ‘The Water Margin’ at Gunwharf keys with a few other single chaps from church including several gents who are in the navy and are back on shore, from being away in foreign lands.
Back in Israel, in the organisation I work for there are staff from all five continents, I also see Jewish people with almost every skin colour.
Where as in recent times we may have immigrants come in from Asia and East Europe in the southern UK where I am from, this had led to perceptions of British people often anxious about culture changing to suit foreigners at the expense of people born there.
One of my cousins was born in Iran and one in Cameroon, due to overseas work my uncle did, and now today three of my cousins live in Texas, New York and New Zealand.
I think you look back in history very few people live in the same place in their whole life, for instance:-
Charles Dickins: Born Portsmouth, died Higham, Kent
Albert Einstein: Born in Württemberg, Germany, lived in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany again, died in: New Jersey, USA
Arthur Conan Doyle: Born in Edinburgh, lived in Plymouth, Portsmouth and London, died in Crowborough, East Sussex
Jesus Christ: Born Bethlehem, grew up Nazareth, died: Jerusalem
Jesus himself said he didn’t have an actual defined home: Matthew 8 : 20 – Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
Sometimes its hard to define where home is. People often move because of seeking work, getting married, getting education, finding affordable housing or for other reasons.
I am in Israel currently until May when my visa runs out, where as I like volunteering here in Jerusalem, it isn’t home, but on the other hand I may not stay in Portsmouth after that. Its really hard to figure out what happens when you donate your time to a charity organisation and what to do when your planned commitment comes to an end. Its only by trusting in the Lord I can get peace of where I will be next.