What is Home?
How are you doing today? Can you believe that we are officially in the Summer season? It has certainly felt like Summer for several days, but now it is officially Summer! Pretty soon the sun is going to rise later and set sooner as we get closer to Fall and then Winter…but for now, I think we should just enjoy these long sunny days! I recently read that over the next few months, because the Summer sky has been so clear, you can actually go outside, about an hour before the sunrises, and look up in the sky and see the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn all lined up. This hasn’t happened since 2004! I don’t know about you, but I am going to try to get up extra early to see this really cool and rare phenomenon!
With all that aside, I want to ask you a question: “What is ‘home’?” I recently watched a movie (Angels in the Outfield) where a kid, while playing baseball, was told to run home. You know what this kid did? Instead of running to “home” plate to score a run, he ran in the direction of his actual home: the place where he lived, slept, ate supper, and spent time with his parents and siblings. For the longest time, I was like that little boy; when I thought about “home,” I thought about the place where I live, play games, and sometimes get in trouble. Is that what you think about when you hear the word “home”?
Did you know that Jesus really didn’t have a home here on earth? He often stayed with his good friend Peter in Galilee. But then one day Jesus said to his disciples, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). Jesus didn’t have a home like you and I have. He was on the move so much that he simply rested where he was at. This got me thinking, maybe there is more to “home” than something physical, tangible, or stationary. Maybe “home” is something or someone that lives with us wherever we go. Sort of like how Jesus lives in our heart wherever we go. Maybe our “home”–a space where we feel safe and protected–is actually our family? Wherever we go, our family is always with us; wherever we go, our family protects us and loves us; and wherever we go, our family is always going to be there when we decide to run home.
So, perhaps our home is with those who live in our heart: those who love us. This means that we will always have a home with Jesus because Jesus loves us; and Jesus will always have a place to rest his head because he lives within our heart. So, the next time you run home, think about who you are running to. Your home is more than a stationary place, it is a moveable promise that you will always be loved wherever you go. Your home is your family and your family is your home.
I hope you get a chance to go outside before the sunrises and look at the planets!
Your Friend, Holy Spirit!
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