“He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters…”
There is something about home. We all know those sayings like “Home is where the heart is,” and “Home is where you hang your hat,” and “There’s no place like home.” When you have a had a rough day at work, or when you have been away on a trip for an extended length of time—sometimes you wish you could just click your heels three times and wake up in your own bed.
I cannot imagine how homesick our brave soldiers become when they are serving away from home. Or how missionaries love where they are sent, but long for rest where they are comfortable.
The familiar verse above was on my heart recently, so I looked up key words in the Hebrew to see what the Lord might be drawing me to see on a deeper level. In some way, looking at root words, etc. I remember connecting dots to the word “home” more than once. A place of rest. A place of belonging. I may not fit in with my quirks everywhere I go, but at home I can be me and still be loved.
We have a good Shepherd who makes us lie down in green pastures. He leads us beside still waters, and He gives us rest. But we are not home yet. The aches and pains of everyday life make us realize how homesick we are to be where we truly belong. We face Babylonian exile daily, living in a world in which we are aliens and strangers…but only for a time. We face the valley of the shadow of death, with His rod and staff to comfort us…but only for a time.
Our souls find rest in Him alone, so until that day—He is home. We long to be clothed in our heavenly dwelling, but until that day—He is home. Our hearts and minds should be set on things above, where He is. He is home. If there was heaven without Him, I don’t want to go there.
There is no place like home, and there is no home like Him.
Scripture to read:
Psalm 23 Psalm 62:5
Ezekiel 34 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Lord, I thank You for leading me to places of rest while I am in this body, but I thank You even more that one day I will find Your rest with You. Help me to live each day setting my heart on things above where You are. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.