“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.”
We’ve all heard this – “Home is where the heart is.” I’d have to say I agree with this statement. Home is a place of comfort. It’s what’s familiar. Home can also be defined as a place of origin; it’s where life started. But home is also where we want to be. Everything good reminds us of being home. Like the smell of warm chocolate chip cookies (or chicken curry…) and the sound of your family’s voices in the distance. Home is definitely where the heart is.
The psalmist writes, “Lord, You have been our dwelling place…” Our dwelling place. Our home.
Lately I’ve been thinking about things that change and things that don’t change. I’ve come to realize that everything changes, but there is One that never changes, and He is Jesus Christ. Situations present themselves. Decisions have to be made. And life rolls on. But the certainty of Jesus Christ is always there. He is the place we want to go. With Him I’m comfortable taking my shoes off and putting my feet up. With Him I don’t care what I look like. With Him I can be honest and free. With Him, I’m at home. He is my place of origin. If I think about when my life started, well, my life started when I met Him and chose to see and accept His grace.
With the new transition of moving back to Houston, everyone’s biggest question to me is, “Are you excited about moving back home?” This question isn’t a valid question. I can’t answer it in the way people want me to answer. It’s not a simple yes or no question. Moving back would imply that I left my home. But home is where the heart is. I left Houston, but I didn’t leave home. My home is with Him. So yes, I’m excited about continuing life with Him, but no I’m not moving back. I’ve accepted the greatest gift of eternal life. I will never move back to a place without Him. This goes back to the one thing that doesn’t change – Jesus Christ. He is my home and always will be my home. Circumstances change. People change. City of residence changes. He never does and His salvation certainly doesn’t either.
It’s so sweet to know that I can stay in today. I don’t have to go out seeking anything else. He has given me a dwelling place that has exceeded my dream house. Thankful would be an understatement. Psalm 84:10 says, “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere…” This is a familiar verse to us, but the rest of it is what always gets me. I see, so clearly, the heart of David – “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” There is no place he would rather be than with the Lord.
No matter how busy your schedule is with work or school or even taking care of your family. And maybe your schedule isn’t busy because it’s summer break, whatever it is know that you can relax today. He’s taken care of it all on the cross. For you and for me. There’s no place better than being at home with Him. So take a deep breath and sit back. He’s got you. Be at home today with Him. Enjoy Him. And watch this. Hakuna Matata.