When I read it and began to meditate on what it said, it really made me stop and think long and hard. Since we are now into the holiday season, we are all going “home”…but take a moment and reflex on your “home coming”.
Certain memories of home seem to stick with us forever. The sound the back door made when someone came flying in from the yard; the smell of Sunday dinner almost ready to eat; the security of being tucked into bed at night; or how the light glowed through the windows in such as way to welcome us home at dusk.
In the same way, the home we create often give others a glimpse of our lives – where we’ve been, who’s important to us, and what we value. People can look at the keepsakes on our shelves, the pictures on the wall, or the way we interact with our family and know something about who we are and how we live.
God has always wanted to lead us home to him. Like the father of the prodigal, he longs for his children to turn back toward home. He knows where we’ve struggled with our pride, where we’ve faltered because of life’s distractions, and where we’ve been renewed by his grace.
And one day we realize that we have journeyed back from where we had strayed; we’ve celebrated all that God has done for us; we’ve worshiped him for who he is-and all these things have served to lead us home to the One who’s watched and waited for our return.
How incredible that from the beginning of God’s plan-before he created us-his purpose was that we would live in fellowship with him. He wants us deeply rooted in his love and living as citizens of heaven even as we walk this earth. He wants us to trust him more so that, as Paul said in his letter to the Ephesians, Christ will be more and more at home in our hearts (Eph. 3:17). He wants us more sensitive to his will for our lives. Not only the big picture of his will, but his will for us in the little moments-how to respond to a rebellious child, how to show love to a difficult neighbor, or how to best use our time today-this one day God has given us.
Does his light shine through your life so you give others a little glimpse of home?
TAKE A MOMENT:
Ask God to show you what areas of your life still need to be surrendered to his will. Thank him for the many times you’ve returned home to find him waiting for you. Pray for friends and family who you know need to journey home.