sunday, july 2nd, 2017
the idea of “home,” a safe space to rest your head and know confidently you are loved, is attractive and coveted. i mean how many shows are there on television documenting the extensive task of searching for the perfect home? or how many love songs are there which attribute the concept of “home” to be found in a specific person? (side note: jack johnson “home” is my fav.)
rather than relating “home” to a place or a specific building, i make my “home” in people and feelings. i’ve found comfort in another’s love or from being saturated in good feelings. i’ve always dreamt of marriage and of true love and of finding security in my future husband and building a home and a family together and little trips to the grocery store with our little kiddos. that was home to me. this idea was something i continually yearned for and sought after. following each failed relationship which i believed could’ve been the “home” i dreamed of, i found myself left with a broken heart.
home is supposed to be a safe haven for our hearts. right?
right. but. . . what is our “home” built upon? where are we finding our refuge in?
matthew chapter 7 – we know the story, we’ve sung the song. the wise man built his house upon the rock aka the firm, unyielding foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ. in the storm, his home stood firm because God alone was his rock and his salvation, his fortress where he would not be shaken (Psalm 62:6). while God needs to be the foundation of our home, he also desperately needs to be our complete idea of “home.”
the Lord is a safe place to rest our heads. He says, “come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (matthew 11:28). He so deeply and fully loves us and He offers refuge to our hearts from the evils of the world.
psalm 91 offers us the perfect picture of the home God has so richly prepared for us and blessed us with. “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.” when we make our home in Him, we are protected, we are loved, we are rescued, we have no need to fear darkness or the bullets of the enemy or disease which attacks our body. He promises to place His angels in a stance of protection where we cannot even hurt one of our feet on a measly stone.
how cool is that?! oh, how greatly we are loved!!
yes, our physical home is four walls and a roof and a front door, and yes, we may be blessed enough to share it with someone we love. but, our “Home Sweet Home” is the Lord. when He is our first love, anywhere else we may have previously considered to be our “home,” our hearts former safe haven (ex: a relationship, friends, a career, family, personal achievements, etc.), now has the opportunity to truly flourish, for its roots may grow firm in God. no longer will “home” be sought after in the arms of a relationship or the heart of another but in the arms of Jesus instead.