by Liz Wright
Far From Home, No Way Home… It might take living under a rock to have not heard all the hype around the most recent cinematic experience to arrive at a theater near you – SpiderMan: No Way Home. Don’t worry – no spoilers ahead! While my husband and I discussed the new film, we joked about all the titles the writer’s could incorporate if they continued with the “home” theme in future movies. Some musings included “Home Sweet Home,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Home Alone,” and “No Place Like Home.” As silly as these jests are, the idea of “home” is broad and bountiful in definition by man’s standards, yet basic and beautiful when deeply understood by the Father’s definition of it.
Home: (noun) the place where a person lives.
I’ve had many homes over the years. As a child, I moved 9 times to different places around my hometown, then an additional 7 times since arriving in Orlando in 2014. (That’s a lot of packing!) So, which home is really home? Does the mental definition of home change every time the physical definition changes? Is home always just your current place of residence? You’ve likely heard the phrase, “Home is where the heart is.” So, is home perpetually changing?
John 14:23, “Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’”
The true concept and understanding of “home” comes when we fully love those around us and fully receive the love of the Father, who will make His home with us when we obey Him. The truest and most unchanging definition and location of home isn’t found in a “place where a person lives” or a physical structure, but it is found in the presence of a loving Father.
If you’ve never felt that sense of home, or maybe it’s been a long time since you’ve truly felt at peace where you’re at, let me joyfully inform you that there is always home in Jesus. He doesn’t ask you to be someone you’re not or come to Him clean, pure, and holy. He is the one who makes us clean, pure, and holy.
Today, we begin a season of fasting. We lay aside earthly desires and are given a fresh opportunity to redefine “home.” Is the comfort of “home” the time you get to binge questionable content on Netflix after a long day? Is “home” maybe staying up too late and sending messages that shouldn’t be sent?
As we enter this fast, let there be no place like home in God’s presence. Let us hunger and thirst for time with Jesus more than anything else in this world. He is our greatest comfort. He is the only One who can truly satisfy. He is home.
“I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings” (Psalm 61:4).