No Place Like Home: Day Two
our promised land
By Jodie Gerling
READ: Psalm 90:1; Psalm 84:1-2
Brushcreek. One word, not two, I had to keep explaining over the phone to people. That was the address of our new duplex, in our new town, for his new job in a new career. Gone were the days of teaching high school band and music appreciation. Now, we were immersed in full-time ministry. And with that came a new home an entire state away from our home and family. We completely allowed God to uproot us and move us for His plan. We only had one weekend to find a place to live, so we settled with what would work and agreed in a year when the lease was up that we would move to somewhere nicer.
I made my checklist of what we’d need in a different place and had my hopes set on something bigger and brighter, and started looking through homes for rent online. Meanwhile, my husband was trying to remind me to be thankful for this home. No, it didn’t meet all of our standards, and it wasn’t the most appealing to the eye, but God had provided and we needed to be thankful. I chose to be thankful yet determined, and took a few weekends and drove around town looking at rentals and talking with landlords. All this time spent, and nothing was falling into place for us to find a new place. My dream of a nicer home was lost and we had to resign the lease for another year on this duplex. I was crushed and frustrated. I’m a homebody and I didn’t feel like I could actually make this place my home. A few days after we re-signed the lease we had the youth pastor over for lunch. He walked in, looked up at the row of windows lining the east wall up above the treetops and exclaimed, “Wow! I love this place! Such a neat view of those trees, and these vaulted ceilings! This would be such a great place to live!” He immediately found something to adore in that home where I only saw the darkness and lack of curb appeal.
I learned a lesson that season. God puts us where He wants us, and asks us simply to be thankful for His provision, and then we begin to see the beauty in where He has us. When we do that, the joy follows. For Moses and the Israelites, He put them in the wilderness and asked them to simply trust Him and be thankful that He was there leading them, and promised something better was coming soon. They wandered around endlessly, complaining often, while learning the lessons God was teaching them. No matter how hard they tried, they could not get to the Promised land on their own, just like no amount of driving around looking for a better place to live got me anywhere. I, like Moses and his people, needed to recognize that God Himself is our dwelling place. “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.” (Psalm 90:1) No earthly home can compare to the safety, security, beauty, and love found in Him as our home.
He is our place of true refuge and rest. And one day, He will also be our place of eternal rest.
Our Promised Land.
Our final home.
Scripture to Meditate:
“How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.” (Psalm 84:1-2, ESV)
Think on a wilderness season in your life. How was God your refuge while leading you through that time?
Was there a season in your life where you were able to see joy and beauty despite hard circumstances? How did God help you to find that joy?
Take some time to pray over your current home, asking God to make it a place of safety and loving-kindness for those who dwell there.
Thank you that regardless of our current earthly situation, You are our hope and our refuge. Only in You can we find complete rest. Help us, Lord, to have open hands to the places we visit and live in here on earth so that we may keep that hope of the perfect home in Heaven. Amen.