By Susan Bullard
Home is the best place to be!
Home is a place of joy, happiness, and hope.
This is the opening stanza in a poem I wrote as a nine-year-old. The bulk of it sounds a little childish, so I’ll spare most of its details. I’m no stranger to new places. I’ve lived in a handful of different states throughout the years and have considered many of them “home.” However, as I age, I wonder more often about what my Heavenly home will be like. I don’t dwell on it too much, but it’s a pleasant curiosity to ponder at times. I have loved ones there now, and realizing the limitations of my own physical being reminds me that life is far too precious. I need to remember to enjoy it. The duration of our time here is an unknown, and yet, life itself is eternal. We all have a destination. (John 5:28-29) For those who know Jesus Christ as Savior shall enjoy all the splendors of Heaven one day (1 Cor. 15:51-54), plus should we desire it, we can know the “Kingdom of God” in our present lives. “… the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21) (Matt 6:33) Unfortunately, we so often forget to tap into this reservoir from day to day as Eternity fast approaches us. So, here are a few things I try to remember:
Joy appears to be a result of peace. “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:” (Isaiah 55:12) It can actually be present in happiness or sorrow. Even in the midst of tragedy, when we don’t understand, this is the kind of strength that endures while providing a sense of “security.” Through each trial we know Him, and thus, He has provided us with a greater confidence; His confidence at best! (Psalm 89:15-16 / 97:11-12.)
Happiness is fleeting. It’s emotional in nature. While this is based upon momentary feelings, it’s likened to “contentment” and reveals merriment, (Prov.17:22) godliness (1 Tim.6:6) and trust. (Prov. 16:20) That’s why we can still laugh some during those trials, too. We must choose to be happy even when the road gets hard and arduous. “…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Phil 4:11)
Hope is a knowledge. (1 Peter 1:3) That’s a “know so” faith, (1 Peter 1:13 / Col. 1-5) not a “hope so” faith. It shows Him our faith, because we trust Him, and this is what pleases Him the most. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God (…) and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) (Matt 17:20) We can choose to live this eternal life right NOW.
Upon this reflection, I sense a rest in my spirit. Much like the wisdom found in the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Gal 5:22-23) (1 Cor 13:1-8), we can surely have a confidence as we walk through our daily lives. Jesus Christ has already prepared the way to secure our residency as citizens of His heavenly home. Now, I have no anticipation to arrive there anytime soon, but to anticipate THE CALL when eventually… it’s time to finally move Home. (John 6:47 / 11:25-26) This is a comforting contentment (Psalm 138:7) that produces real joy in everyday life. (John 15:11) “Who by him do believe in God, (…) gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” (1 Peter 1:21)
Home is not a mere address of where you live. No…
Home is not only a place, but it is a knowing within you revealing that this is home.