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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Home (01/09/06)

TITLE: Home Sweet Home
By Mrs M


I have been married almost 5 years and have 2 amazing children. It’s wonderful having my own family and I wouldn’t swap this for anything in the world, but there is one thing missing to make this little scene ‘just perfect’, my own home. We long for, are planning for, but haven’t quite gotten to the point of owning our own home.

We have lived in 5 different homes, in 2 states. That’s a fair bit of moving around for a marriage that’s still relatively young. And now we’re ready to settle, and I especially can’t wait for that feeling of being ‘home’. Renting doesn’t feel like you’re home. You’re constantly aware that the place isn’t yours. We’re careful with how we look after the place but we’re not really free. Not free to express ourselves in the same way we would in our own home. A home that will reflect all we are, all we wish others to see of us, our life, our family. Our home.

This recent longing to be in my own home triggered off some interesting thoughts. I started thinking again about my spiritual home.

Do you ever just sit and think about Heaven? If so, what do you think about exactly?

I do, often…for different reasons. Sometimes it’s been after someone close to me has just died, or I’m feeling the frustrations of life growing heavy in my mind (you know those little low moments we all have) or just...well just because! Sometimes there’s no real reason, I just start thinking about Heaven.

I wonder what worshipping God forever will feel like. I wonder what Heaven will really look like. I wonder what we will all look like in Heaven and if we’ll recognise each other from our days on earth. And I especially wonder who of my friends will be there…I’m sure there will be many friends I’ve lost touch with over the years who’ve since come to know the Lord. Oh what a reunion that will be!

I love thinking about Heaven – when I do so something starts to stir inside me. This excitement grows. A ‘butterflies in the stomach’ churning that makes me long for Heaven to be right NOW! I can almost smell, touch, hear, taste and see it, it’s that close. The more I think about it the more the things around me seem so dull. Earth looses it’s radiance and all I long for is to be home – in my real home – living with my Lord. And if I’m honest, I’ve often secretly wished to just die in my sleep quietly and go to Heaven now. I know there’s still a lot of life for me to live down here on earth – time with my family and friends to enjoy life…but oh the longing to be in a better place is just so strong sometimes.

So I’m going to keep this longing in my heart. I don’t want the excitement to fade; I want it to keep burning in my heart. I can’t loose sight of my future – but I do also have to enjoy the present. My father knows the right time for me to go home and He will take me when that day comes. For now I’m living in very a comfortable and beautiful ‘rental’ home and I’m happy to be here.

But oh what an even greater thrill it will be when I finally reach my home sweet home!

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