I finally arrived back home last Friday evening after having been gone from almost all of November. I spent about two weeks in Ghana, a week in Zimbabwe, and several days in Monterey, CA. There are stories to tell from each leg of the journey and I hope to share at least some of them on future blogs. However, today I am thinking about something I missed during all that traveling – home.
I am grateful for the number of countries I have been privileged to visit. I went on my first international missions trips as a teenager and have continued traveling internationally ever since. I have met many wonderful people and seen all kinds of sights. However, there is no place like home. Home is were we are free to be ourselves. Home is where we are safe. Home feels normal. The best place to be sick is at home.
So, I was doubly grateful to finally arrive home last Friday evening. First, I was glad to be home after being gone so long. Second, I was sick and my own bed in the comfortable surroundings of my home was the best environment to battle the fever that had seized control of my body.
However, as I have considered the comfort of being home, I’m reminded that this home, this world for that matter, is not our ultimate home. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 5:1, “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” And the author of Hebrews commends the heroes of faith because they “were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.” (Hebrews 11:13)
It is wonderful to be home and I am beginning to feel better. I thank God for my home and my family that makes it the best place on earth. However, I don’t want to become too comfortable here. There is another place, a permanent home that is waiting for me. In that heavenly dwelling I won’t need to recover from any more illness. No illness exists there!