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Posted by Crystal Brashear on

Home. If it’s what it’s supposed to be, home is a safe place. It’s the place where we can be fully accepted as ourselves. Where we don’t have to pretend or fake a smile if we don’t feel like smiling. A place of peace.

Of course, home doesn’t always fit this ideal. And, for some of us, home is just the opposite. For some, home is a place where, above all, the embarrassing stuff must be kept hidden. For some, home is a place where any weakness will be exploited, ridiculed or punished. It’s a place where it’s never safe to let your guard down. Even for a second.

But, even for those who have a relatively healthy and happy family, home is sometimes a letdown. The brokenness of individuals plays itself out in broken patterns of interacting. This one pushes. That one withdraws. It takes tons of energy to fight to overcome these patterns. Occasionally, home can feel, even in the best of circumstances, exhausting.

I think this is because this world in which we currently reside is not truly our home. It’s a temporary dwelling place. But we were created for eternity, and we all will live forever.

It’s a good thing that this world is not our ultimate home because the brokenness here can really wear a person out. We suffer crippling grief, soul-wrenching rejection, lonely abandonment. I mean, does anyone else ever feel just so old? The longer I last in this world, the more convinced I am of its brokenness. And, as beautiful as my life is, as much as I value the people in it, I sometimes long for my true home.

In John 14, Jesus briefly described this true home to his disciples:

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
— John 14:2-3

That is my true home. It is in a place prepared for me beforehand by my Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a place where he will take me to himself. Where he is, I will also be. With him. Forever. I long for that place!

So do others who feel out-of-place here. Musician Jim Reeves wrote:

This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore
— Jim Reeves, This World is Not My Home

The band Switchfoot echoed that sentiment like this:

It was a beautiful letdown
When I crashed and burned
When I found myself alone, unknown and hurt.

It was a beautiful letdown
The day I knew
That all the riches this world had to offer me
Would never do

In a world full of bitter pain
And bitter doubt
I was trying so hard to fit in
Until I found out

I don’t belong here
I don’t belong here
I will carry a cross and a song
Where I don’t belong
— Switchfoot, The Beautiful Letdown

That, I believe, is a very interesting paradox. It is a beautiful thing to finally recognize what a voice deep inside has been telling us all along. We don’t belong here. It’s sad, sure, but it’s also a relief. And it opens the door for sure hope that someday, we who trust Christ as the way will reach our true home. Where this world is broken, our future home is whole, peaceful, and full of the presence of our loving and accepting God. Scripture promises that in that true home there will be no night. There will be nothing unclean or detestable or false. The Lord God will light that home up. God will dwell there and wipe away every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death, no more mourning, no more crying, no more pain. He will make all things new!

As we carry our crosses and our songs through this world, we can be for others echoes of His promise. Wherever possible we can bring beauty and peace and safety and hope. Most importantly, we can point others to Jesus, the only way to true home.

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