I have to say that right now I am suffering from something we don’t really have a word for in English. In Portuguese it is called saudades (sow-dodge-eeez). It’s more than just a feeling of homesickness, it is a longing for a people, a place and a position.
I have saudades for Brazil.
Do you know what I do to help me with my saudades?
I open up Google Maps on my iPhone and I zoom into our city of Lages. I make sure the map is on satellite view and I zoom in as far as the app will let me. Then I visit the homes of each of our church members. I pray for them and then head off down my walking route where the “betty’s” stand at night for their customers. I pray for them and then I “drive” around town and picture myself there.
Thank the Lord for technology.
I have to physically abide in the USA for a few more months, but pretty soon I will be back in South America, back in Lages and I’m sure the saudades will be reversed from there to here as I zoom back into Florida and Arizona to “visit” my children.
When it comes to being a born again believer, I am glad I have a fixed position in Christ where I can abide at any time I want. And while I have a longing for Heaven and being liberated from this sin cursed world, I have been purchased with a price and I am redeemed. Instead of opening up my smartphone, I open the Word to remind myself of my position. I zoom in on verses that comfort my heart of Who loves me and Who it is that I love and belong to.
I Corinthians 1:30 says,
”But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”
I Corinthians 2:23 says,
”And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.”
I Corinthians 7:23-24 says,
”Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.”
I have a fixed eternal position in God because of Jesus Christ. My body may fail me or be raptured out one day and I will go to eternally dwell with the Lord. There is an element of saudades for what is to come, but I am assured of its reality.
The Bible tells us not to be entangled in sin and the former lusts we had before salvation. We are warned of its pitfalls and dangers. We are not to be servants in bondage to the sins that brought us shame and disgrace. All of those things threaten our abiding time with God. Our position may be fixed, but how we feel in that position will either be uncomfortable in sin, or a longing for more of what is to come in Glory.
What do you have saudades for today? Are you looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith? Are you hoping for Heaven as you are comforted by the Spirit in the Word each day?
Or have you put yourself back into bonds of some sin that makes you fret, fear and fail?
Let’s open the Word, pray and ABIDE in Christ so that we can enjoy our position right now and look forward to when we can see Him face to face.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,