This is a guest post by Linda Ricke.
We all seem to need a space for ourselves. Whole industries feed this desire. Some build elaborate monuments to themselves, skyscrapers that seem to defy the laws of physics and tower above other mere buildings around them. Others want land; they need their space with lots of space surrounding it, like a virtual island. Lately we’ve learned that our spaces create a carbon footprint. Many embrace an ideal of a space using the least possible natural resources, but they still want that space.
It seems hardwired into us. Our most basic form of punishment puts those who violate the law into tiny spaces without personal touches or privacy. Sometimes homeless people live in cardboard boxes. Even those who have lost their spaces find ways to create something, anything to provide them with shelter, a rudimentary level of comfort, and a way to define where they live.
God doesn’t care about the spaces we have created for ourselves. He wants us to live more grandly than any earthly space allows, to find our comfort in Him, to not get so caught up in creating our own spaces that we become blind to why God created us—to reside with Him in eternity.