Home Sweet Home
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.
~ John 14:1-4
My dad use to say to me, “The reason why people are never truly happy in this life is because this is not their final home. If we were completely happy here, we would never want to go home.” I thought about what dad said and realized that it is true on so many levels. We are constantly doing things to make ourselves happy. We go on vacation. We remodel our homes. We buy new dinnerware or curtains. We buy a new car or boat.
And then there is the issue of our bodies. Our bodies are deteriorating so we try new face creams, teeth whiteners, clothes, or maybe even surgery. Eventually, we may need glasses, hearing aids, or a walking cane. Our bodies are failing.
My mother was an example of that. She was frail, bent over, and so thin that she was all bones. Her paper thin skin showed every vein and every bruise from the slightest bump. I remember a time when she stood straight and tall, and she could sing beautifully, loud, and strong, but her voice had become so weak she could barely speak above a whisper. Her body was evident that she was not long for this world and she actually longed to be rid of her worn out temple. She was at a point in her life where she wanted to go home.
Dad's statement resonated with me, we ARE uncomfortable in this world and in these bodies. There is a deep longing in our hearts for something better. When Christ returns He will give us a new body that will be strong, healthy, and beautiful. He will wipe away all our tears and we will truly, finally, totally, unequivocally be happy dwelling in His love and light. While we are here on earth, we will never be totally satisfied, because we are not really home. True satisfaction in Jesus will one day lead us to our final home. Being with God, we will be perfectly contented. There we will be in our, “Home Sweet Home” forever.
Dear Eternal Father, Thank you for preparing a home for us in eternity. Help us while we do your work here on earth to proclaim that gift you have given us. In Jesus Name, Amen
~ Jenny Calvert