Growing up, I was always the little girl that would leave slumber parties early because she couldn’t make it through the night without missing her parents. So without fail, my parents would get a phone call at 1 in the morning, me crying, begging them to come get me. My whole life I have loved being home; Part of that is because I am an introvert by nature..places that are comfortable and I can get to a quiet place are where I am drawn. The other part of that was because I love my family. But recently, God taught me something about myself that connected back to by childhood days.
“I am one who knows where home is.”
^^That truth came early one morning as I was sitting at my home in Waco, Texas. Every morning I ask God what he says or thinks about me and that morning I got that small phrase. What? Normally I’m powerful, or beautiful, or worthy…this day I stood confused, but eager to figure out what that meant.
As I asked questions regarding that truth, given by God, I was taught that “home” for me, as a believer, is snuggled up in the presence of God.
I am one who knows where home is.
Another person who knew where home was is Moses. One of my favorite passages comes from Exodus 33. I’ll give you some verses that gives the general idea of this chapter (GO READ IT YOURSELF, anyways;))
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, “I will give it to your descendants.” (vs 1)
“Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. (vs 7)
“As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” (vs 9-11a)
“The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” (vs 14-15)
Moses did not want to function outside of the presence of God because without the presence of God, he lost direction, peace, and favor. In learning about myself, I have had my eyes opened, once again, to how much I cannot do without Jesus. I am so broken and so weak…that’s part of being human; but as I sit in the presence of God, I am empowered, healed, restored, loved. In abiding in God, I have found the safest place, the most secure foundation, the most intimate relationship. In finding my home in God, it doesn’t matter if I am half way across the world or sitting in my childhood house, I will always be “Home.”
People always say “Home is where the heart is,” and I have learned that “Home is where Jesus is.”
So as a challenge to us all, let’s be a people who go home daily, who dwell, who abide.
Let us love God with all we have and let us be loved back by Him.
Let us be a people who know where home is.