A home after all

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hanging on the wall, next to a picture of my other half and I, the text says, "Home is wherever I am with you." Love that binds, love that builds, love that abides: Home.

Romantic thoughts aside, the text carries some truth to it. A familiar one brings connection to a building, like if wood, bricks and nails were filled with more than just dead matter, and a house becomes a home.  The cold structure warmed with laughter, memories and aromas that captures me to its inside.

A verse comes to mind, "In My Father's house are many mansions..." (John 14:2) Mansions? Doesn't that sound attractive? However, am I solely running towards the mansions? Is that what keeps me going when pain sets in, when dispair arrives, when darkness swallows glimpses of glory? The structure, the glamour and the ultimate imaginary retirement paradise? Is that what Christianity is all about? Running towards the streets of gold?

Yet, I keep reading... "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:2,3) No, Jesus is not the way to the mansions, He is the way to the Father, I learn. The mansions are only the detail. And I remember the text hanging on the wall... It is not about the house, it is about who makes it home. "I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:3) Comes to the Father. Comes. "I and my Father are one." (John 10:30)

"At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you." (Jo 14:20) Doesn't that make you shout with joy? The separation teared apart leading to full communion as intended to be? How can a broken person like me enjoy such closeness to the Almighty God? At last a home for broken people! However I remember... Why to wait? Why not to rejoice full communion while here? Could I experience home while stepping on foreign ground?

"Abide in Me". As in reside in Me. "Make Me your home." Life may take me far, close, bless or curse, yet there is always home available, a place to Abide in, a person to Abide in, a familiar person to Abide in: Home. The ultimate love that binds, that builds, that abides in me. "Abide in Me, and I in you." (Jo 15:4)

Can you touch his garments? Can you step closer? Shout with joy that the Son of God crossed the valley of darkness to bring you home? Home!! A home after all!

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