Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:8
Home is the place where we feel safe. Home is where we are seen and loved for who we are, not for what we have accomplished. Home is a place where we are known by name, a place where we know we are sheltered.
Sometimes we are uprooted from our physical homes – natural disaster, financial difficulties, the necessity of a vocation, the calling of mission work. We must sometimes go where we are uncomfortable, where conditions are not ideal, where we must endure instead of enjoy.
But wherever we go, we always have a refuge.
As much as our physical homes might and should be a “refuge” (after all, a gathering of faith filled people should be safe and loving and uplifting), it is not the space or the scenery or the amenities. God Himself is our refuge, not our GPS location or our stuff.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.” ~ Psalm 91:1-12
He, more than any of the good (or bad) people in your life is safe. He is the one who sees us better than anyone else ever could – and He loves us, even knowing the best and the worst about us. He calls us by name, and He shelters us and binds our wounds.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations. ~ Psalm 90:1
God lasts forever. There will be no storm that breaks Him. There will be no deterioration of siding, no wind torn roof shingles, no leaking windows. He lasts forever. He will be as much “home” to my great, great grandchildren as he is to me, as he was to my parents and grandparents.
Wherever we may be in life, whether in spacious homes or cramped apartments, whether in plenty or in need, whether alone or surrounded by the chaos of our families, we can rest assured. Our refuge, our “home,” right now is with Him.
But what’s more, our eternal home is with Him and whatever happens here, cannot change the promise that He holds for us.
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:1-5