Today, I felt like I was going back home, and it was so awesome.
Allow me to clarify that: I realize my true home is not of this world. And while I am in this world, my true home is with my own little family. That’s good and that’s how it should be. I am thankful and blessed beyond belief.
But most of us have a home away from home in our little temporary world here too, don’t we? For me, that used to be my mama’s house. She’s gone home to be with Jesus now though. I’ll see her soon.
You know, there was one other time I felt a sense of having a home away from home as well. And that was a special place full of special people right here in my own town. I knew this place for the first ten years that I came here to be married to my wonderful husband. This place and these people blessed my life so abundantly.
It’s been ten years since I last visited. Too long. So today I decided to take a little road trip.
Yes, today….the Lord guided me back to visit that home away from home, and I’m so glad He did. Today….I had a chance to visit some old friends that I had not seen in a long time. Today….I felt the comfort and warmth of good friends….good family….those that made up my home away from home so very many years ago.
Yet today felt just like yesterday.
Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
And as I was venturing towards this short, yet long-overdue visit, I laughed out loud in the car as I was talking with Jesus (yes, I do that all the time, so if you see a crazy looking woman driving down the road talking when no one else is in the car with her, that’s me).
I said, “Please, Lord, help me remember to watch my speed here – I am so excited to get there that I am afraid I will space out and end up with a speeding ticket.” Ha Ha! Thankfully, this did not happen. 🙂
Although things have changed – a lot – my old friends are still the same old buddies I had spent every day with years and years ago. It was so very refreshing to see their faces and learn a little about how their lives look now.
That home base is in a different place now, but there was no mistaking the fact that it was still that good old home away from home.
Know why? Because Jesus is there.
Jesus is still very present there…. in them – and that’s what makes that home away from home what it should be…what it’s always been. I’m so glad I got to enter in again today for a while.
Is there a place full of people that make up your home away from home that you need to re-visit today? If at all possible, ask the Lord to help you to make it happen.
‘Cause friends…it’s really true…..Home is where the heart is…
But home away from home is a good place to be too.
“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?” C.S. Lewis
If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any
consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection
and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the
same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:1-2