…for then we will be at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8b (NLT)
There is no place like home….how many times have we heard this phrase or even shared this thought with someone? As children we watched a show where it was stated over and over again … “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” The older I get, the tenderer those words have become for me.
It was a rainy, dark, cold night…and we needed to head out right after a long day of work… many errands were scheduled for that night. The rain and the darkness added to the mood of the night. I leaned over to my husband and said, “Tonight is a night that I really feel like just going home.” It was one of those intense nights when you just needed to be “home.”
What is “home” to you? Is it a feeling, a place or a building, or maybe something that is so indescribable but so wonderful to you? Home should be what makes you feel good, safe, secure, and warm…as they say “a place to hang your hat.” Home is what most of us long for.
Home for me is my safe haven, a warm cozy place, a place where I feel like I belong, and a place like no other. It is a place where I can feel welcomed every time I walk in the front door. I can be greeted by a family who loves and accepts me for who I am. It is a place that feels familiar, and the sights, sounds and even smells are something that I enjoy and long to be around.
How many times have we been at the bedside of a sick friend or relative or at their funeral and heard it said that they are in a better place….that they are “home” now? Or even a person who is not well has referred to the fact that they just want to go “home”. Where is this “home” that they are referring to? That feeling or longing to go home to a safe, secure place, a place with a sense of freedom, a place so indescribable, but you know that you want to be there.
Take a minute and imagine with me a new home…will you be there with me? I am in the process of having a mansion built for me. I know it will be just the right size, shape and color. The builder knows my every need and He will have prepared a place for me that is so perfect that I could not want anything else. The minute I walk through the gate I will know that I am “Home.” I will be surrounded by my brothers and sisters. I will love the sights, sounds, and smells to the point that I will want to stay there for eternity. Someday I will walk streets made of gold and call it my home. Are you ready to go to this home if the Lord were to call you? Have you done your housework so to speak? Have you made things right with Him so that when it is time to go “Home,” you will be ready? As the verse above states…….for then we will be at home with the Lord.
Lynn Wilson has served on staff at America’s Keswick for the past 20 years. She has been involved in her local church in women’s ministries as well as speaking for other churches and retreats. Her mission statement would be to touch one life so in turn they can touch a life for eternity. Her greatest joy is to go home at the end of her work day and spend time with her family and enjoy her first ministry which is being a wife and mother. She has one teenage son at home, and one married son and daughter-in-law.