Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 25, 2018
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. John 17:16
I cried today. I knelt on the floor in the bedroom and bawled. I wailed and wept and grieved because another life season has passed and it’s time to let go once more. . .to let go of our community, to let go of living near my beautiful grandson and my wonderful bonus daughter and son-in-law, and to let go of friends.
After moving often over the last 30 years, I am truly ready to plant somewhere. I am longing for home, a place where I can say with my husband, “We belong here” . . . a place where I can develop deep church and relational roots.
But “home” has eluded us, and as much as my husband and I want stability, in a couple of months, a moving van will show up in the front of our house and take us somewhere out of state that hasn’t been revealed to us yet.
During my time on my knees, I thought about the desire for home. Isn’t there something in us that always longs for a place to belong?
No matter where we live, or the loved ones and friends that are near, we always feel some level of discontent. Our hearts always ache. We are always searching for, looking for, anticipating and hoping for a better place where our souls feel at rest. We are always aching for home. But there won’t ever be anything or anyone that will completely remove the longing for home because this earth isn’t home and won’t ever be.
Scripture says that we are strangers and aliens on the earth. Philippians 3:20 says, “For our citizenship is in heaven. . .” My home—your home—where the ache of belonging will finally cease, is in eternity.
For the believer, being a stranger and alien in the world means that:
After my kneeling and weeping, I remembered that as long as I insist on finding peace in the world, I will come face-to-face with the emptiness in me that can never be filled this side of eternity. I am like a pitcher with the bottom broken out because no matter what is poured in, I will still be longing for home. Oh! Only Jesus can fill us, and the extent of that filling will only be complete once eternity is our home.
Are you longing for home today? Remember that your home is in Christ. Hold on to Him. One day, your ache will cease and your joy will be complete and you will finally experience the peace you have been looking for.
Lord, how magnificent and marvelous it is to have the confidence that one day the ache I feel will be removed in heaven. Please help me to always look to you for fulfillment until that time. And help me to trust you no matter where you take me. Amen.
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