Finding Your Life After Living in Exile

A while back I did a series of posts on how to recover from a “Crash and Burn” experience.  It came from a series of talks I did about the Bible stories that tell of the years that Jews lived in exile.

Living in exile

I’d like to revisit that idea. In fact, I’m toying with the idea for a future book. I thought I might just explore the idea here with you for a minute.

The Bible is a Story of Exile

As I looked at the Bible, it dawned on me   that you could look at the entire narrative as following an exile motif, that is, an overarching theme of exile.  You barely get into the Bible when God sends Adam and Eve into exile from the Garden of Eden. Humanity is still in that exile today.

Or in Genesis 12, God calls Abraham to the Promised Land. But when he arrives he faces a famine and goes to Egypt, “in exile”.  After returning to Canaan his descendants again return to Egypt to live for over 400 years in exile.

Even after they escape they remain in the Wilderness for another 40 years.  At last they return to The Promised Land, but a few hundred years later they land in exile again, this time in Babylon.

Finally, both Jews and Christians scatter from Jerusalem after the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D.  As the Bible says, we travel as aliens and strangers in a foreign land.

Exile is Our Story

I find the Bible’s theme of exile comforting because it was in those hard places that people met God.  So when we find ourselves in a personal exile: divorced, unemployed, grieving a death, displaced, de-friended, or any one of a number of lonely places in life, we can find a Bible story that speaks to us.  We learn of a God who is present to comfort us and lead us back to a land of promise.

Question: What exile are you in now or have you been in the past? Please leave a comment below.

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8 thoughts on “Finding Your Life After Living in Exile

  1. Judy

    I like where you are going with this Remy. Keep pursuing it. Exile/suffering really causes me to dig deep within and then grow in my spiritual life. Yes, tough, but worth it!

    1. F. Remy Diederich

      Thanks Judy. I see so many people disenfranchised with God, faith, and church. Sometimes church offers a narrow shoe and expects everyone to fit it. But that only adds to the pain of exile. You go for help and don’t feel like you fit there either. I want people to see that exile isn’t the worst place. God is THERE too! And he can bring you to a better place. Thanks for the encouragement. Remy

  2. Donna Lea French

    Thank You!! Your story of exile reminds me of my son, who is divorced, an alcoholic, and has been out of work a lot! It’s like his drinking has made him go into exile! He is a good man and loves the Lord and is loved by his family. His children are tired of dealing with his drinking! As his mother I have never gave up on him and I never well. I feel a compassion for him and he knows I don’t approve of his drinking but I well always be there for him:) His childhood was filled with abuse from his father. He abused all of us. Please keep my son Donavon in your prayers!! Thank You and God Bless

    1. F. Remy Diederich

      Good to hear Donna. Isn’t it great how God puts that love in your heart for someone when others have given up? We all need someone to believe in us. I hope your son will find his way back from exile. Remy

  3. standingonmyowntwofeet

    I blogged yesterday about my release from prison…but to call it exile makes sense. I am learning how to go from surviving–to living. For the first time in 35 years, I am safe. I am out of an abusive childhood home, out of an abusive marriage…I have survived two brain surgeries…and a rape…and am facing the eating disorder I’ve battled for the last 24 years. I have said that, for as positive as I have always been, it’s in pain, weariness and despair where I have found my spirit. It would have taken no less for God to get me to this place. For the first time in my life, I am learning that I matter. That I am enough. That God’s love and grace are for me.

      1. F. Remy Diederich

        Thanks so much for writing. What a journey you must be on. I’m so glad you are finding your way back to wholeness with God’s help. I’ll check out your blog site. Remy

      2. standingonmyowntwofeet

        I am humbled by the grace of God…there is good in everything…and I am becoming the person I am designed to be.

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