Home. There's no place like it. Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" wanted to go home very badly. When she was granted the chance, she clicked the heels of her ruby slippers and said, "There's no place like home." She woke up in her room with her family standing over her. What is there about home?
I've thought about that more recently since moving to a new community. It takes a while to find what I need and how to get around. Some things aren't available near by so it takes a longer trip or finding something else. I'm living in an apartment temporarily as I prepare to get married in a few weeks. My fiance' and I are building a home that will be finished in a few months. So, even after a month, I still have things in boxes because I'm trying to decide what should I unpack and what should I store away. We are looking for a church family that fits us. The familiarity of "home"is "missing". It is very unsettling.
As a college student, I remember going "home" to where Mom and Dad were. It was like that even a few years after getting married and starting a family. Warm hugs, my favorite food, even the things in "my room" made me feel home. I didn't live there anymore, but it still seemed like home to me. As I had children and we moved often, home no longer was attached to a location, but to the people who mattered most to me-my husband and kids. Making a new place home was an important thing that I enjoyed doing, even now. Belonging.
What makes a place to live "home" for most people is a sense of belonging. Friends and family who care. Things that are distinctly "you" such as pictures, items from a collection or a hobby, the things you use all the time, what you like to have around you. When you walk in the door, there is a warm sense of belonging. There is no place like home.
Yet Scripture tells us that we are aliens here on earth and that our citizenship is in Heaven. (Philippians 3:17-20) Do you ever feel that you don't "fit" here as a Christian? You are living right, but out of step with the "world"? Those who know Christ know that our home is in Heaven (Revelation 21). Our dwelling is with God in eternity in New Jerusalem where there is no more night, weeping, pain. He is the source of light and the rivers of the water of life flow freely. We know that there is something better to come.We aren't comfortable here and we aren't supposed to be. But in the meantime, we are here. We are to be the ones who point others toward Him. Don't get too comfy because He's coming back--and soon! Are you ready?
God bless you!