You know what it’s like to be homesick. Maybe you were away at camp for a week and were having fun, but you really wanted to sleep in your own bed and eat your mom’s food. At your first sleepover you had to call just to hear your mom or dad say goodnight. Even on vacation with your family, the noises scare you, the sleeping bag is uncomfortable, and you just want to go home!
Christians—even young Christians your age—know what it’s like to be homesick.
St. Augustine, a church leader who lived more than one thousand years ago, was homesick too—for heaven. He said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
The trouble you face now makes you restless. You are uncomfortable and just want to be where nothing will ever hurt again. You struggle to fit in, you move back and forth from your mom’s house to your dad’s house, or you wonder why God couldn’t have made you like everyone else. All of these remind you that this sinful world isn’t how God planned for it to be.
That’s why we are thankful for hope. We remember that this world only lasts for a little while. “We don’t have a permanent city here on earth, but we are looking for the city that we will have in the future” (Hebrews 13:14).
Chomp on this!
What things about this world make you homesick for what God promises you in heaven?
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