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April 28, 2015 by

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It was one of those interrupted moments in life where God’s plans intercepted with ours.

We had spent the day in the big city in a neighboring town with more amenities than we are accustomed to. The grandparents were visiting, so we went to catch a movie, enjoy a meal, and do a little shopping.

The last stop on the list was our coveted treat at Dairy Queen before our more than an hour drive back home.

It was then that she crossed the street and stopped my husband from completing his turn to ask where the nearest park was so that she could pitch her tent to sleep for the night.

She wasn’t an old, homeless woman but a young traveler.

My husband told her that we weren’t too familiar with the area but that he was happy to check a map and point her in the right direction.

As I’m always wanting to feed everyone, I invited her to come to Dairy Queen with us. She and her larger-than-her pack found their way into the truck. We then sat in the establishment where she filled us in on her amazing adventures and we filled her belly.

While her bravery and sense of adventure inspired me, I couldn’t help but think that I couldn’t at all relate to what she told us about her lack of desire to settle down in a place she could call home.

Her home is the road.

She works a job only long enough to earn the money required to take her next trip. She relies on herself and on the kindness of others to pursue her dream of seeing the world.

While fascinated, I couldn’t help but feel sad for her and her family. Not only must they miss her and worry about her safety, but doesn’t everyone long for a place they can call home?

Not too many days later, we were watching a documentary about an atheist church of all things. It was an interesting look at a group of people who long for the fellowship that church members feel with one another but without God.

The host called it their home.

It made me think of our weary traveler who finds her home not in a location but in her travels. For her, home is in a different place each day.

For the seekers in the documentary, they are longing to find a sense of home in the company of others.

These events made me ponder the idea of home.

My thoughts drifted to Scripture…

“For we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.” ~Hebrews 13:14 (NKJV)

1 Peter and Hebrews 11 refer to believers as sojourners, pilgrims, strangers, and aliens.

In John 18:36, Jesus told us that His kingdom is not of this world. In the previous chapter, Jesus said that we are not of this world either.

In the beginning of John 14, Jesus tells us that our hearts need not be troubled because He is preparing a place for us in His Father’s house. He promises to return for us that we may live there forever with Him.

This world is not our home. 

Perhaps our traveler understands this better than I do.

HE is our home.

Those in the documentary are seeking home but without the only One who can offer it to them.

So while I love the place that I feel blessed to call home, I need to remember that my true home awaits my arrival.

Who knew that a young woman who has no desire for that which I love would remind me of a very important lesson in life?

We are wise to listen closely to those with whom we feel we cannot relate. They might just have something to teach us after all.

For those in the documentary who are seeking their home, I fervently pray that they find it in the person of Jesus Christ.

As we drove her to her destination for the evening, we were showered with thanks and praises for our kindness towards our weary, traveling friend. I wish I had the chance to tell her that it was her who was the blessing to us.

She made me remember the teachings of my faith.

May we all remember to thank God for our earthly blessings but to set our hearts on the things above rather than the things of this earth. (Colossians 3:1-4)

May we store our treasures not on earth but in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-21)

May we most especially remember to pray for those who are still seeking the true meaning of home.

It’s not found here.

It’s found in Him.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” ~John 14:6 (NKJV)

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank and praise You for the blessings of our earthly homes whether we find them in one place, on our travels, or amongst our friends. It is my fervent prayer that we would remember that these are temporary dwellings and that our hearts and minds must be set on our eternal homes that are found only in You. For those of us who eagerly wait, thank You for granting us the peace of Your promises in the meantime. For those who do not yet know in whom our true dwelling place is found, I pray, Lord, with my whole heart that they would seek You and that they would find You. In Your matchless name we pray. Amen.

What do you think? When have you listened with an open heart to someone you thought you couldn’t relate to only to have them remind you of an important truth?

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39 Responses to Home

  1. thebetterbaker11

    Oh what a heart stirring read! I got tears in my eyes reading it. I long to have eyes to see the ‘heavenly’ perspective in these little things of life, as you so sweetly do. SO special for you to treat the stranger…and I’m sure she soaked in every second of your sweet fellowship and kindness. You’re so right…we need to stay focused on our HEAVENLY HOME…which is eternal. Praise God we have that Blessed Hope. Hugs to you Sweet Lady. XO

  2. Arlene Baker

    She is always on my heart–that restless wandering sets a mother’s heart to wondering how her mother can take missing her daughter. She makes me think of how the LORD longs for us to stop wandering and settle into HIM. Heather, you have beautifully captured in words the lessons we learned that night. It was such a blessing to meet her and she is always on my mind. I do want her to long for the prize isn’t able to be destroyed by man. Thank you. Blessings and hugs.

  3. Sarah Ann (@faithalongway)

    So encouraging, my friend! And what a inspiration to reach out and be the hands and feet of Jesus to all we meet. As we await our home in heaven, may we remember to look around and be mindful of how we can impact the lives of others, even complete strangers!

  4. Jennifer @ A Divine Encounter

    This post brought to mind one of my favorite Psalms – #84 – which calls “blessed” those whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. God reminds me often that as much as I delight in the gift of our family’s earthly home, it’s but a shadow of the one to come. This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing with us at Grace & Truth!

    • Heather

      Thanks for sharing that, Jennifer! Our homes truly are just a shadow of the blessings that are to come. Thanks for hosting and for reading. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing.

  5. Michele

    What a touching post and a great reminder to always be on the lookout for who needs some kindness and compassion! We are to love others more than ourselves and that is just what you did! What a beautiful story and testimony to God’s greatness-thank you for sharing 🙂

  6. Dr. Michelle Bengtson

    “He is our Home.” Love that. Today as I grieve the loss of a dear friend over this past weekend, I look toward heaven knowing she is in her fullest joy dancing with her beloved, and yet I too can be at home with Him, for He is with me. Until He calls me to my heavenly home, I have everything I need in Him. There’s no place like home.

    • Heather

      I’m so sorry to hear of your deep loss, but so thankful for your incredible faith and the peace that knowing where our true home lies can bring. Please know that I will keep you in my prayers. May our Heavenly Father fill you all with His incredible peace during this difficult time. Blessings.

  7. Joanna Sormunen

    I can relate to her and you both. I’ve had times in my life where home is the next place I lay my head when I go to sleep. And now I’m in a place where I have two homes, both feel like home and I sometimes get confused myself which one I’m thinking about. But I’ve also learned to think that home is where your family is. It’s not a place but your loved ones. And of course, our home as Christians is God. No matter where I am, with Him, I’m always at home.

    • Heather

      Thanks so much, Joanna, for taking the time to share your experiences with us. How wonderful that you can find home in so many places but especially in Jesus Christ. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing!

  8. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    I love the thoughts you shared here Heather. Yes, this is not our home. He is our home. I too, pray that others find their home with Him. There is no other place that it warmer, safer, and comforting then being at home in Him.

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

    • Heather

      Thanks so much for reading and for sharing your thoughts, Jennifer. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing as you find your home in Him. Blessings, my friend.

    • Heather

      Thanks so much for hosting, for reading, and for taking the time to share some encouragement. Blessings to you and yours, Jenny!

  9. notimefordiy

    So very thoughtful. I think about this often as we (me, my husband, and two children) find ourselves moving around quite a bit more than the average family. I try very hard to find contentment in whatever “home” I happen to be in but this also reminds me that there is not going to be any total contentment in this world. Finding our home in Him is as close we will get HERE, until we get THERE. Found you on the #coffeeandconversation link up. Thanks for sharing!

    • Heather

      I love this: “Finding our home in Him is as close we will get HERE, until we get THERE.” Thanks so much for taking the time to read and to share your thoughts with us. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing wherever He may guide you.

  10. messymarriage

    What a compassionate woman and family you must be! We live in an age where extending the smallest of mercies–like giving her a ride in an effort to feed her a meal at Dairy Queen–is fraught with potential danger. At least, that’s what I’d be worried about. A college student (just 19) from my town was killed by the man he was meeting to sell his car to (from Craigslist). So those kinds of stranger meetings are a bit fearful for me. I’m so grateful though that you gave to her and in doing so, the Lord blessed you too. You were the hands and feet of Christ! Great job and great faith!

    • Heather

      I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of that college student! There are just some things I won’t understand on this side of Heaven. Of course, safety is a major consideration. She looked so precious and innocent that we didn’t fear her at all. I suppose we all need to be careful as I’m sure this has been said by many who have found themselves in a dangerous situation. We, however, all felt confident that we weren’t in harm’s way. Thanks for hosting, for reading, and for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Blessings to you and yours.

  11. Jennifer 'Miner' Ferguson

    “We are wise to listen closely to those with whom we feel we cannot relate. They might just have something to teach us after all.” I think the key phrase here is listen. So often we dismiss people that we think are not like us, when in fact, the richness of their different experience can be such a blessing. This is a beautiful story and I am so glad you shared with SDG!

    • Heather

      Listening is such an important part of loving others isn’t it, Jen? Thanks so much for hosting and for reading. Blessings to you and yours.

  12. Grace Mountain Diaries

    Love this. I was right there with you! As soon as you introduced her in the post, I thought – her poor mom, isn’t this girl concerned for her safety, I like traveling too…but stability! And then. There it was. All along. Home is not my comfort. My here and now. It is in Him. I love the way God surprises us with people and conversations that you *think* are not for you…and then they are. They always were. We just have to stop and listen.

    • Heather

      Love your thoughts on this! Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to leave a comment. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing.

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  14. Ifeoma Samuel

    I am glad your family gave her some food as you listened to her stories.
    Our Heavenly Home is our hope while we pass through this fallen world. Our Peace and comfort is that the Lord is there with us all the step of the way as we solely rely on Him to lead us.
    God Bless Heather.

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