A few days ago, I flew into my birth country.
Now, normally when I fly back and we are coming into landing I have this sense of ‘ah I am home’. This time it didn’t happen, in fact it still hasn’t happened. I have seen friends and family, and I still did not have this feeling of being home.
I kept thinking: is there something wrong with me? Have I become too hard or desensitised to things around me that I cant feel any more? Am I so dried up emotionally that I don’t feel?
The answer to that is no. It just means that home isn’t this country that I grew up in, home is not here. Do you know where I had that moment of ‘ah I am home’?
It was Sunday morning when I walked into church where God was, it was then that I realised that I was home.
You see home is not a place, the good old saying home is where your heart is. Well, really it should be home is where God is.
God often told us it is time to move, GO. He sent Abraham away from his home. Joseph was sold and taken from his home. Paul travelled the world telling people about the Good News of Christ. That can’t have been easy, but they went with God.
Ruth summed it up well when she said
“Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” Ruth 1:16-17
Now say that to God.
Where you go, God, there I will go.
Where you stop and stay, I will stay.
Your people, God, are my people.
You are my God.
And although God doesn’t die, there are things that grieve him. So what breaks his heart, may it break mine.
It doesn’t matter where we go, what we do. May we make that same commitment to God that Ruth made to Naomi.
May our homes always be where God is, and may we always walk with him.
Too often we today try to find satisfaction in things of this world we work on our feelings and what makes us feel good, makes us feel safe; but is that what God wants?
Where is God calling us to? What does home look like to him? Where is home for you?
God is calling to his people and he is saying ‘find home in me’.
Home is a place of safety, peace, love, warmth, nourishment; it is a shelter and family.
We can find all of that in God and in Christ, He is home!
The door is open and God is saying to you “Welcome Home”, my question is will you come in?