Not Home Yet
An old missionary couple had been working
in Africa for years and were returning to
New York to retire.
They had no pension; their health was broken;
they were defeated, discouraged, and afraid.
They discovered they were booked
on the same ship as President Teddy Roosevelt,
who was returning from one of his
big-game hunting expeditions.
No one paid any attention to them.
They watched the fanfare that accompanied
The President's entourage, with passengers
Trying to catch a glimpse of the great man.
As the ship moved across the ocean,
the old missionary said to his wife, "Something is
"Why should we have given our lives in
Faithful service for God in Africa all these
Many years and have no one care a thing about us?
Here this man comes back from a
Hunting trip and everybody makes much over him,
But nobody gives two hoots about us."
"Dear, you shouldn't feel that way", his wife said.
He replied "I can't help it; it doesn't seem right."
When the ship docked in New York,
a band was waiting to greet the President.
The mayor and other dignitaries were there.
The papers were full of the President's arrival.
No one noticed this missionary couple.
They slipped off the ship and found
A cheap flat on the East Side, hoping
The next day to see what they could do
to make a living in the city.
That night the man's spirit broke.
He said to his wife,
"I can't take this;
God is not treating us fairly".
His wife replied,
"Why don't you go in the bedroom and tell that to the
A short time later he came out from
The bedroom, but now his face was
Completely different. His wife asked,
"Dear, what happened?"
"The Lord settled it with me", he said.
"I told Him how bitter
I was that the President should receive this
Tremendous homecoming, when no one
Met us as we returned home.
And when I finished, it seemed as though
The Lord put His hand on my shoulder and simply said;
"But you're not home yet."