Nice song that goes along with my thoughts about home…give it a listen.
I enjoy traveling; I like everything about it…the planning, the packing, the logistics, the hustle and bustle of catching planes, trains, boats and automobiles. I enjoy being away from my norm; watching & meeting new people, learning about new places. I like the known and the unknown, the stretching out of my comfort zone and the lessons that I learn along the journey. No matter what type of travel I embark upon there is one common denominator in every trip….the eventual longing for home.
Home isn’t perfect, it isn’t some idyllic place where “all becomes right with the world”. Home is that place of security, of comfort, of predictability, and contentment. It is more than just brick and mortar, the plot of land and it’s landscape…it’s about the memories. Without fail toward the end of each journey I feel a stirring in my heart, an excited anticipation for heading home.
We left Marquette just as dawn was breaking over the horizon…the beauty of a sunrise and the promise of a new day, fresh without blemish and full of possibilities, the essence of which can’t quite be captured by a camera. They are best savored in real-time with all of your senses engaged to truly appreciate.
After driving 3 & 1/2 hours a familiar sight came into view, the Mackinac Bridge or the Mighty Mac as it is affectionately called by the locals. It was the first of many landmarks that indicated that we were getting closer and closer to home.
As I reflected on this thought I saw how it can be an analogy for this life. I am but a traveler in this life…a foreigner in a land that is not my true home…and I feel a stirring in my heart; an excited anticipation for my heavenly home that Christ is preparing for me…and for all who have placed their trust in Him. Oh how glorious the sunrise will be on that day!
13 These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth. 14 Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return. 16 But they now desire a better place—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
1 Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.