When you feel homesick

Do you ever feel dissatisfied, and unable to understand the reason?  Is it possible that on occasion you have suffered from the divine discontent, a homesickness for heaven?

I remember when I suffered most from homesickness. It was on the night I was leaving Britain to emigrate to Australia.

Something unusual happened just before I left England. I lost my way while seeking the liner. A taxi had taken me to the wrong wharf.

So I asked a nearby dock worker the whereabouts of the ss Strathaird, and told him I was about to leave for Australia.    “Blimey”, he said with a grin. “You are going to Australia, and you’ve lost your way already…”

I did not share his amusement, as I was not lighthearted.     All my friends, and all the places I loved, were in England.

Later, when another taxi took me to the correct place, I climbed the gangway and found my cabin.

I had been told that much excitement marks the departure of a ship setting off for the other side of the world.

WelI, I could hear and see excitement, but I wasn’t a part of it.

Nobody on the wharf waved to me, for no one had come to bid me farewell. No kisses were blown in my direction. No waves, no tears, no laughter. No embraces or hugs. No streamers or balloons. Everyone was indifferent to my emotions. I was simply an
onlooker.   Then, at last, the liner started to move.

It was 31 December. The end of the year. And for me, the end of my youth. As I watched the English coast gradually disappearing, I wondered if I would ever again see the land in which I had been born.

Although we dislike parting, I have since learned so often that parting is usually necessary before we can make any progress.

The late lamented Steve Jobs said many profound things, including these words:

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”