DayBreaks for 4/18/18: A Home We’ve Never Visited
From the DayBreaks archive, dated 3/18/2005:
I am often possessed by a sense of great sadness at the amount of pain in the world. No one – not one – is immune to the suffering, pain and disappointment. It searches us out as a mother looks for a lost child. And it always finds us. Yet there is still nothing like going home. For anyone who had anything approaching a normal upbringing, “home” is sweet music to our world-weary souls. It promises remembrances of safety, of love, of belonging and being cherished. It fires joy into our hearts and longing into our spirits. Home. Perhaps the finest place on earth. But there is only one place that is home, and much of the rest of the world is brutal and heartbreaking.
Philip Yancey, in Disappointment With God, wrote: “For people who are trapped in pain, or in a broken home, or in economic misery, or in fear – for all those people, for all of us, heaven promises a time, far longer and more substantial than the time we spent on earth, of health and wholeness and pleasure and peace. …The Bible never belittles human disappointment (remember the proportion in Job – one chapter of restoration follows forty-one chapters of anguish), but it does add one key word: temporary. What we feel now, we will not always feel. Our disappointment is itself a sign, an aching, a hunger for something better. And faith is, in the end, a kind of homesickness – for a home we have never visited but have never once stopped longing for.”
T.S. Eliot put it like this:
“And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
Rev. 21: 1-4 – Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a beautiful bride prepared for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, the home of God is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever.
Copyright by 2018 Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: It is hard to understand the requests of the disciples until we put ourselves in their place, Lord, and realize that we would have likely done the same thing. Help us not to seek our glory, but yours! In Jesus’ name, Amen.