I have lived in Vinita, Oklahoma, all my life. I went off to college in Tulsa for one year but came home frequently on the weekends. Then I worked a year, commuting to junior college in Miami, Oklahoma, before marrying and moving to Okmulgee Tech school 100 miles away from home for two years.
Faithfully every two weeks, as much as finances would allow, we drove home to Vinita. After graduation, we both had jobs in Okmulgee so we stayed, but I returned home to give birth. I wouldn’t allow anyone but Donald Olson M.D. in Vinita to deliver my baby.
My body dwelt in Okmulgee temporarily for seven years. I even owned an almost-new mobile home there. I worked, shopped, had many friends there, but I really never lived in Okmulgee. After I was divorced, I moved back to Vinita, following the truck pulling my mobile home, containing all my worldly possessions.
“Home is where the heart is.” Well, my heart was never in Okmulgee.
Many years ago my heart moved to heaven. I became a citizen of the Eternal City of God. I took a citizenship test, signed my citizenship papers, was baptized into citizenship in the heavenly Family of God. I now belong to the great host of people who confess that we are strangers and pilgrims on the earth and we are seeking a homeland, the City of God whose Builder and Maker is God.
Revelation 21:10, 23-24 nkjv, “ And he [the angel] carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light.”
“For our citizenship is in heaven,” Paul said, in Philippians 3:20.
Heaven is my permanent home but until I’m gone I’m perfectly satisfied to live my life here in Vinita, Oklahoma.