We are busy prepping, packing, and organizing for another cross-country move—one that we have been eagerly anticipating for three years. We have moved often in our 10 years of marriage and it seems as though we are always looking forward to the next thing, hoping it will feel more like home.
We have dreamed of a day when we can move back to the city where we spent much of our childhood–the place we call “home.”
Though it seems ideal now, I know in my heart that I would still be restless, longing for a permanent home with true community and belonging. I get small glimpses of it here and there, but there is always an aching for something more. It’s a God-given longing for my eternal home in heaven with Him.
In the midst of Hebrews 11, which lists many examples of faithful men and women of God,
it says that:
“they acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” (Heb. 11: 13-16)
I know that my longing to go “home” will never be satisfied on earth. I am a stranger and exile on this earth and my home is with the Lord. I am also longing for “a better country.” Every unsettled feeling should be a reminder that this is not my home.
Paul also writes about our longing for heaven in 2 Corinthians 5. He says,
“we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling…”
But he goes on to say,
“So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at ho
me or away, we make it our aim to please him.”
My heart’s desire is for heaven, but I am called to do what is pleasing to the Lord wherever God leads me here on earth. There are great things to look forward to as we move on from this season of life on to another across the country. There will be times that we feel settled and have a sense of belonging, but none that will ever compare to the true home that we are eagerly awaiting. Each time God moves us on, we gain a stronger sense that nothing on earth will satisfy our longing to go “home.” Until then, we pray that we will have the courage to trust God’s promises and make it our aim to please him as we seek to live our lives to the glory of the Lord here.