There is a home-shaped hole in every human heart.
Put another way, every human heart longs for home.
Honestly, I think that was part of God’s plan from the very beginning.
He designed us to need Him.
But in our rebellion, we try to stuff that home-shaped hole with things that just don’t fit.
Money. Possessions. Pleasure. And a whole host of little-g gods that will never satisfy.
One of the ways I’ve tried to fill that hole was with an earthly home. I believed that if I searched long enough and worked really hard, I would obtain it.
But as the wife of a teacher-turned-minister, our jobs moved us frequently. It often felt like I would barely get settled in one place before we yanked up our roots and moved on.
But after a lifetime of searching for that one place I could call home, I finally learned a valuable lesson.
For believers, home isn’t a place.
It’s a person.
In the book of John, right before Jesus was crucified, He spent the last hours with His disciples—teaching them, telling them what was about to happen, encouraging them, praying for them.
In this passage He has much to say about home (or abiding, depending on which translation you’re reading).
I especially love how The Message puts it:
“Live in Me. Make your home in Me just as I do in you…I’ve loved you the way My Father has loved Me. Make yourselves at home in My love. If you keep My commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in My love. That’s what I’ve done—kept My Father’s commands and made Myself at home in His love.” John 15:9-10
At home in His love. What a comfort!
How blessed we are to know that no matter where the pilgrimage through this time on earth takes us, our one true home is found in Christ alone.
And that is truly the only way that home-shaped hole in our hearts will ever be filled.
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A disillusioned heiress wants nothing more than a place to call home. With lovable-but-quirky town folks, quaint country charm, and loads of business potential, Miller’s Creek seems like the perfect place to start over. But Dani’s dreams of finding home are crushed when malicious rumors and a devastating secret propel her down a road she never expected to travel. Will she ever find home?
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