I am officially homesick. If I were away at camp this would be the day I would go crying to my counselor begging them to let me use the phone to call my mom to come get me. I was never that kid when I went away to camp, but I am feeling that way today.
I love it here. It’s just that I miss my people. The people I “do life” with. I know you may be thinking “Isn’t she out there with her family?” and the answer is yes. The fact that they are not the ones that I feel I actually do life with is an entirely different topic for another day…
As I stared out the window this morning looking at the lake and feeling homesick, I thought of Jesus. Talk about feeling homesick! Can you imagine giving up heaven? And talk about missing the people He did life with. He would be missing the people He created life with!
Thinking of everything He gave up for us gave me a fresh revelation of his love for us. Oh how he loves us! He knew that many, including his own family, would reject him. He knew that he would be betrayed by someone closest to him. He knew that the ones that knew him best would desert him. He knew that he would be mocked, stripped, beaten, scourged, spit on, crushed, and nailed to a cross.
Despite it all, he willingly left home to be our Immanuel, our “God with us”. He left his home to become our home. To be our refuge, our shelter, our fortress and hiding place in times of trouble.
Not once do we see Jesus regretting his decision to leave home to be with us. Not once do we hear him say to his exasperating disciples “Are you kidding me right now? Do you have any clue what I left behind to come be with you bozos!?” Even when he was speaking to them regarding their lack of faith, he never made them feel as if there was anyplace else he would rather be than in the midst of them.
Yet we know he was homesick. It says in Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Though he loved the people on earth he came to serve, he missed the people he did life with. He was willing to leave the people he did life with in order to have all of us to do eternity with. The thought of it takes my breath away.
I have two more full days here. I think I will follow Jesus’ lead on what to do when feeling homesick. I will withdraw and pray and meditate on my future home. A home filled with so many peeps to do eternity with, I will never be homesick again!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for who you are. Thank you for giving me a fresh revelation of your love. Oh how you love me! I cannot fully comprehend it even when I experience it! Help me to show others the love you have for them. Help me make the most of my days and my time. Use me to be a light and a blessing to others, that they may come to know you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Love, Grace, and a Cure for Homesickness,