This Home Is Not My Home

August 31, 2012

As many of you know, Chloe is rumbling up the road this morning. Lord willing, she will be sleeping in Oak Harbor tonight. As a family, we were blessed to have her with us the past three months. We had what families don’t often get: significant time with a child who is married and has moved away. Of course, the sweet providence that created this opportunity was Jacob’s deployment.

While it was a sweet providence for the family, for Jake and Chloe it was more of a frowning providence (to use William Cowper’s words). I would hope that being with us tempered Chloe’s pain a bit, yet I’d be foolish to think that we could replace Jake. And for Jake, life in the desert halfway around the world separated from his bride is anything but sweet. While phone calls and Skyping help, they in no way replace actually being with each other.

So, while we were blessed to be able to see Chloe on a daily basis, we could sense that visiting with us was merely a diversion. A good diversion no doubt, but a diversion none the less. Her heart’s desire was to be back home with Jake beside her. This home isn’t her home anymore. She was longing for her home. Chloe had a faraway look in her eyes.

I think there is a parallel here with believers. Most of the time this old world is a good place to be. God is very good to us. Pain is tempered. Yet, we are somewhat separated from the great Lover of our souls. The Word and prayer help, but they in no way replace actually being in the presence of God. As the Bride of Christ, we realize that what we want most is for our Groom to return.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-13



3 Responses to “This Home Is Not My Home”

  1. ancientcures Says:

    The LORD bless her and keep her, the LORD make HIS face to shine upon her, the LORD lift up HIS countenance upon her, the LORD be gracious to her and give her Peace. We are praying for traveling mercies for her. Tell her thanks for her and Hannah’s input in the weekly Bible studies.

  2. Mark Says:

    Al, I will, thanks.

  3. Terri J Says:

    Very well said, Mark. You are a wise Dad!

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