Friday, March 8, 2013
Where is Home?
I've never entirely liked that Robert Frost quotation, "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." The grimness of the duty implied in that sentence always leaves me cold. It's a begrudging sort of charity implied there. For me, home is the place where, when you have to go there, they want to welcome you in.
Home has warmth to me, it has welcome. I'm truly an introvert and yet I still want my own home to be warm and welcoming to others. I don't ever want anyone to feel brought into my house out of duty alone. I have been promised home as an example of warmth and love, and how can I not try to share that warmth and love with others even if my ways are human and flawed?
Goodness knows, our Father in Heaven does not take us into His home out of cold duty alone. We are told in John that God so loved the world, He gave His only son for us. We are told in Luke's parable of the lost sheep how God will go after our lost selves and in Galatians 4, Paul writes of how God saved us so that He could adopt us as His children. And going back to John, how can we forget Christ in Chapter 14 telling of His father's house with many mansions and of the place He goes to prepare for us there. None of what God gives us comes from duty. He is almighty and all that He showers on us is given out of love for His children.
And when I think on that example of home, I remember. As heartbreakingly beautiful as this place can be, this is not my home. There is more than what my human eyes see on Earth and home with God stretches into eternity. Seen like that, the word "home" feels a little less commonplace, doesn't it?
This piece was written in five minutes (and goodness, I hope I got my citations right since I did them from memory! Correct me gently in the comments if I'm wrong.) for Five Minute Friday.