Sometimes after a long time away, I find myself longing for home. (HOME. Isn’t that a beautiful word?) And although always greatly appreciative of the hospitality we’re offered, as miles and days pass my longing for home steadily increases. Even when visiting family and friends we don’t often get to see.
“Home” is an interesting word, and one which doesn’t exist in every language. Every nation and language has a word for house, basically a structure of some type which offers pysical shelter. But home is so much more. Home is a place for the heart.
What makes home so important?
Just what makes HOME such a special and important place? Answers to this would likely differ as much those giving them. But I believe they would also vary according to the different places we call home. Because for most of us, our hearts have more than one dwelling place.
When I think of our simple summer home in Italy’s southern mountains, thoughts of cozy evenings by a winter’s fire come to mind. Or hot summer afternoons lounging with a good book. Along with a nostalgic wistfulness and a pining for the loved ones who shared it. Whereas home here in our main village means relaxed afternoons on our porch swing, soaking in our beautiful, peaceful view – when we find the time.
Extended trips always reconfirm that for me home is these places. And when away I long for familiar things. Shops where I know the owners and coffee bars where I feel welcomed. My weary older body yearns for my own bed and soft feather pillow. And my soul for the calm order of my minimalist home and bathroom bidet.
I miss the freedom to stay in PJ’s all day long. To get or stay up as early or late as I wish. The freedom to eat what or when I want. And, as an INFJ (introvert), to sit quietly for long periods without speech or interaction.
And the times I’ve traveled without Hubby made me miss him and home all the more. It was home because I knew he awaited me there.
“Home is where the heart is” is not just a cute saying. Home is familiar things, beloved people, and a sense of belonging. And one of the things our heart most yearns after, because the need for home is deeply embedded within the human heart.
How much do we miss our heavenly home?
Ever since sin separated us from God, his Spirit draws us back to our heart’s only true home, nestled within his heart. Making our spirit yearn for the home we lost. For our eternal dwelling place in him. Back into the presence of the only One who can truly fill our deep need of home and belonging.
But do we miss our heavenly home as much as we should?
The need for home and belonging is deeply embedded in the human heart – because God’s presence is the only place where our hearts will ever feel truly and fully at home.Tweet
Why John chapter 14 resonates
This temporal earthly home is filled with trouble and worry, and we often face painful separations. Which is one reason for why the first four verses of John chapter 14 resonate so deeply in our hearts.
The Lord has gone to prepare us a better place. Where painful farewells will be a thing of the past. Where we’ll never again need to say goodbye.
So how can we not be homesick?
How can we not long for the One who awaits us there?
We sometimes get a little too comfortable in my earthly home. We seek for a sense of belonging and satisfaction here, and of course never truly finding it. Then our hearts become troubled and we wonder why. When all we have to do is stay close to Christ and keep seeking that city which is to come, where our heart will be at home forever.
How homesick are you? And how deep in your heart is the need for your heavenly home?