John 14:2 “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”
There is just something about home, isn’t there? We love vacations, but we love to come home. I would imagine if you live away from your “hometown” that going back to the place in which you grew up provides a tender memory.
As a former special education teacher, I have learned many things from my students who learn in their own special way. One day while sitting in church I was encouraged by a little guy, while not my student…a precious friend. He always sat in church quietly, very determined to not have to be taken out for making noises. Some Sundays were better than others…
The pastor was preaching about the prodigal son and “going home”. Every single time he used those words, “going home”, little Matt’s eyes would light up. He would get so excited! He touched his mom’s arm to see if indeed, it was time to “go home.” Pastor mentioned “home” and Matt’s smile would increase in size and sitting still got a little tougher!
Obviously his home was a refuge for him, a place in which he longed for. He was so excited about the prospect of going home soon.
My heart almost burst with joy! Matt was preaching his own sermon! Are we that excited about going home? We might be like the prodigal son and have wandered away from the Father’s home in such a way that we think we will never be welcomed. Or we might just feel like aliens here on this earth and look forward to “going home” to heaven.
Do you long for your heavenly home like Matt longed for his home? Or do you long to go back home, into the Father’s arms of restoration and hope? We can never wander too far away. The sights, the sounds and warmth of him will always pull us back…if we let them. Anticipate the return…or the heavenly home going. It is our hope, our joy, our JESUS!
Luke 15:17-20 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.
The journey is nothing compared to going home….
IN CHRIST ALONE
*google image, NIV Bible*