Your True Home
“They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland.” Hebrews 11:13–16 (nlt)
Home. I was really missing it as my SUV’s odometer ticked the miles farther away from my roots. After seven years living in a “new” place, you’d think I’d feel at home there—but no.
Although I had spent my first three decades wishing for adventures beyond the place of my steady suburban upbringing, I continued to be surprised at how much I missed the familiarity of what I had left behind.
Now, as my own little family drove farther from my childhood family, I chided myself again for feeling ungrateful: Look at all the dreams God has answered! Stop complaining because you’ve been surprised by the locale.
To which my other self countered that I am very grateful; I’m just weary of trying to fit my square self into a round hole that still doesn’t feel quite right. Blessedly, as I watched countless vehicles zoom by, the Holy Spirit whispered a precious reminder: “Let your roots grow down into me; build your life on me. Then you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:7.)
FAITH STEP: Purchase a small “Home Sweet Home” memento—a magnet, plaque or wall hanging. Place it where you’ll see it daily as a reminder of your true home.
Written by Erin Keeley Marshall