I have always thought/said that as long as my family was all together that was 'home'. So I was kind of surpised tonight (even under the circumstances) to finally have all my family in pretty much one place and find myself feeling homesick.
That got me to thinking.... what is 'home'?
If I think of my home the physical place and what I miss about it, I think of my bed.
My dining table.
My place on the sofa.
I miss being there with my buffaloes. Seeing Dale and Alan play. Playing with them.
Watching Alan crawl and cruise.
Sitting doing 'art' with Dale at the table.
The four of us sitting down to supper.
Curling up with Greg in his recliner at night.
So maybe it isn't the dwelling or its stuff that I miss either.
Maybe it is missing being where we belong. Doing what we are meant to be doing as a family.
I think that is what people mean when they talk about being ready for heaven. It isn't that life here on earth is so bad. It has its blessings for sure.
But once we have been born again, Heaven is where we belong. We are made to fellowship with God and worship Him. Yes, we can do that here, but Heaven .... ahhh.... that is where we belong. And when our time here on Earth is done, and only God knows when that is, then we get to go "home". Home where we belong, with our brothers & sisters in Christ, to do what we are made to do. Glorify God with our worship... for eternity!
In the meantime, we dream about it. We prepare for it.
Just like I am dreaming about my earthly home and the things I do there. All that cooking and cleaning and laundry is beginning to sound a little like Heaven on earth after 6 weeks away. I know I'm longing for it! I think I might just kiss that dining table when I see it again, and then set to work on cooking meals to eat at it, preparing art projects to sit there and do with Dale, and maybe even put on a pretty centerpiece for good measure!
What things make your earthly home "home" for you?