I’ve been thinking a lot lately (uh oh..) and here’s what it boils down to…Where is HOME?
I know what you’re thinking, here she goes again talking about moving! I promise this is the last time!
Seriously though, all 4 of our parents have gone to be with Jesus in recent years. So when we think of going “home” we really have no actual destination to go to. It could be where we grew up, but both of our families moved around a lot, so there is no one place we call “HOME.” It can be kind of a lonely feeling if you let it take hold in your mind. So it made me think about Heaven and what my eternal home will be like. I know you have probably heard the saying “Home is where the heart is.” This is definitely true and I would like to add that God has made his home there too!
We started life after college in southwest Wyoming. A beautiful place full of God’s wonder and beauty. Mountains and wildlife abound. Breathtaking! Lacking in worldly things like education and health care. (this was in the 70’s.) We were sure that we did not want to raise our family there. After a few years there and much consideration, my husband enlisted the help of a recruiter and found the job in Indiana.
So, our third move as a married couple took us to Southern Indiana. I would like to say that it was a perfect move. But. It. Wasn’t. Nothing went just right.
We have always been adaptable in most situations, but in that particular place and time it was just not working for us. The job wasn’t going just right. I was plagued with allergy problems. We were far from our parents. Worst of all we could not find a church home. I look back now and can see that it was not God’s idea to move, but ours alone. Have you ever done just what YOU wanted to do without praying for God’s direction? That is exactly what we did. We did not consult God. At. All.
That being said, after some time there, we met with a pastor at a church we were attending. We were a young couple searching for a place to belong and not finding what we were looking for. He shared with us some wisdom I will never forget. He simply said “God didn’t move, He has been with you through this time.” What a revelation that was for me. I had been feeling so alone and disconnected with my new home. I learned from that experience that no matter where I go, obedient to God or not, He is always there in my heart. He doesn’t move. No. Matter. What! I have relearned that lesson over and over again through the years and I am still learning it today. I was studying this week in Genesis 28 about Jacob’s dream. In verse 15 God says to Jacob;
“Behold I am with you and will keep you where ever you go and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
God is always here with me. In my heart. HE is always in control and always faithful…if only I will listen to Him. No matter where I make my earthly home, I take comfort in the knowledge that my home is where He is. In my heart!Behold I am with you and will keep you wherever you go... #forsuchatimeasthis #home Click To Tweet