It was the last day of our vacation. One more amazing sunny day on the lake! It had been an amazing time of rest and family time and I was looking forward to one more day before we had to return home. It was in this moment of reflection and inner bliss that my youngest daughter Mackenzie broke in with an unexpected request. “Daddy, when can we go home?” At first I chuckled at her question but then took notice at the intensity on her face as her chin started to krinkle and a tear welled up. She was ready to go. “aren’t you having fun honey?” I asked as i scooped her up for a big hug. “I just wanna go home daddy.”
We’ve all been there haven’t week. We find ourselves away from home. Far away from where we used to be, where we want to be, where we hoped to be. Sometimes in spite of our greatest effort we often look up and find ourselves far away from where we thought we were. For Mackenzie it was a little homesickness. She wanted her bed and her room. For me sometimes I find myself, because of poor choices, mistakes and mishaps,longing to be back to where I was. Ever been there? Ever find yourself in circumstances, staring down consequences you would rather not have to face, hoping, longing to return home. Ever just look up and happen to realize that you’re exhausted and you can’t possibly take one more step? In all of us there is a desperate longing, whether we realize it or not, to return to the one place where wholeness, healing and hope resides. But many of us continue to live far from home, with the occasional feeling that something isn’t right. If you’re there today or have ever been there I want to encourage you with the hope that Jesus offers!
2 Chronicles 15:4
“But in their distress they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him.
Whenever you feel that distant longing in your heart, that soft pull towards home, remember our God of Love is always waiting to take you in! Looking forward to continuing the journey home with all of you on Sunday!