No Place Like Home: Day Seven
By Christina Eastman
READ: Psalm 91:3-8; 2 Thessalonians 3:3
When she was preparing to leave home I had been reminded that the safest place for anyone of us to be is in the middle of God's perfect will. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 reminds me as mom that He is faithful Not only to me but to her, He will strengthen me as well as her, and He will also protect her from the evil one. Yet I found myself questioning once again. Psalm 91:3-8 such assurance against fear!
"Hi mom" her voice a little shaky on the other end of the phone. It had been 4 months since leaving home and not too many weeks since Christmas break. Nothing was really wrong, just a longing for familiarity. A need for home. I hopped on a plane to spend the day with her. Both of us super excited. She ran to me in the parking lot and I hugged a little tighter than usual. We spent a beautiful day together with some new friends. Chatted about all the things. Spent some of dads hard earned money. And before I knew it back on a plane for a short hour flight home.
That day taught me so much. Brought so much fulfillment to both of us. My girl, who was obedient to the Lord in leaving home to serve in Urban missions was longing for home. She was longing for the familiarity of it. The safety of knowing it. I learned that day that I possess home for her. See even tho she desired to be home that day it wasn't possible. But I. I was able to take what she needed to her. I am a sense of home. I am familiar. I am safe. She is learning to allow the Lord to be all of that for her. Five months have since passed and her trust in the Lord has grown tremendously.
When you and I continue to grow in our relationship with the Lord we look to Him. He has become safe. Familiar. Protector. He holds the home we so long for.
Scripture to Meditate: Psalm 91:7 Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence will not reach you.
1. Define pestilence. Is there a sense of overwhelming fear that you can look to this verse and know it will not reach you? Let that be a shot of faith today!
2. The Lord provides comfort and shelter a place of protection do you trust that? How can you assure yourself even more?
3. Do you find yourself able to provide a sense of home to those around you? What can you change today to do that a little better?
So often in the mundane of life, we forget that you are our refuge. Our shelter. God, you are home. Help me today to be reminded of the safety of you. You care deeply. Let me look to you for comfort and familiarity. When I am left alone or feeling afraid let me look to you for safety. Father, I thank you that you are home. Amen