I did return home last evening after being away four days. I stayed in a very lovely home in the Dallas area. My own room was complete with an amazingly comfortable bed that Lacey and I enjoyed. Yes, even my dog was a welcomed guest. The hosts of my stay were two women, a mother and daughter who are on a new life journey that I've been invited to join them on. The mother has been placed on hospice and I will be assisting her daughter in providing comfort care at home. They are very nice ladies who offered me a warm welcome. I'll return next week after some R&R.
When I walked into my apartment home last night I had an ahhh moment. You know the feeling. It's just so good to be back in your home. Even when you've enjoyed yourself in another place, the delights of home wrap themselves around you. Daily life at home may dull the particular fragrance that represents You and your abode, but one step across the threshold and there it is, and it warms your heart. Funny how a familiar and enjoyable fragrance can elicit internal smiles.
Moving through the house you turn on the lights. No need to search for them. You remember exactly where they are and you feel safe even in the dark. Home! It's great to be home. The glorious bed that is just shy of an idol awaits you, and not a moment too soon. And look at those wonderful covers and pillows. Ahhh. Home!
Someday, when we either leave this world through death, or the Lord comes for His children as promised, we will experience the indescribable joy of finally coming home. I mean, Really Coming Home. Radiant smiles on loving faces will be visible when the door opens. Warm hugs from friendly neighbors - family actually - will usher us into a breathtaking community. Talk about an awesome fragrance. The sweetness of pure air, pure everything. And regardless of conversation, and even without it, we will know the joy of perfect love, perfect acceptance, and perfect peace. All because of the Perfect One who has built such an amazing house. We usually talk of how happy we will be, and it is true. But the Lord God will also be happy. I think more so. His family is finally all together, and He has been waiting so long to show us our room.
"I heard a loud shout from the throne saying, "Look, the home of God is now among men, and he will live with them and they will be his people; yes, God himself will be among them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of that has gone forever."
Revelation 21:3-4 TLB