Everybody needs one now and again – and as we closed on our first year in Asheville, NC, we definitely needed one. This year has been challenging, exciting, and surprising in so many ways, leaving my emotions like the string of a well-used yoyo. I’m glad to say our family has survived a fairly tough move, with God’s good grace to keep us mentally intact (mostly) and hopeful for what lies in our new year here.
It’s always difficult to leave the safe, known, and beloved world and hurl into the unknown. The beautiful reward of our family is that no matter where we go we have each other. One of my sons and daughters were having discussion with me recently speaking very candidly about wanting to ‘belong’ somewhere again.
That feeling of acceptance and belonging is such a strong drive in us. The need to find ‘home’. Down deep my children recognize, in part, they belong in our family and have an ultimate belonging in God’s. My daughter recently said, “I know God loves me. I’m not doubting that at all. My head ‘gets it’. It’s my heart that needs the encouragement to know He’s working all this out for my good.”
That’s one of the reasons why family is so important. It’s a place of belonging, of having people who love you to help bounce those wacky thoughts and feelings off of, and knowing they’ll still be around when ‘home’ becomes a blurry word with a new door on it. It’s the ‘other’ voice reminding you that you are loved and you’re not alone.
God uses this beautiful example of family to portray his ultimate love. A bride and the bridegroom. A father and his child. A mother and her baby. Wrapped within these word pictures is a beautiful example of care, love, and belonging. If you feel like a wanderer, He gives a place called home.
If you feel rejected, He provides acceptance and compassion.
If you are lost, He will find you.
If you are weeping, He provides comfort.
For His children, there is the perfect peace and a perfect place called Home.
1. But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.