Have you ever been on a trip and when you return, when you open the door to the house, you have that overwhelming heart-felt rush of “it’s so nice to be home!”? Have you flopped down on your bed that night and thought, “oh, I love my own bed!”?
No matter the length of the trip…a weekend to visit the kids, a two-week vacation, or like us, two years living away in another state…the feeling is the same. “I had a wonderful time away…but, it’s so good to be home!
I’ve been feeling a bit of guilt lately…that somehow I’ve “taken a trip” away from God. Oh, I pray, a lot… I’d say, without ceasing. I believe in His power, I see it daily. But am I giving God my best? Somehow, I’ve wandered…away from studying my Bible, away from stopping daily for “quiet time” with the Lord.
This morning, I read this scripture.
“Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love” – Joel 2:13
and I thought about that feeling…knowing that when I’m “in His word”, when I’m stopping each day and praying intentionally, when I take a quiet time to “listen” for his voice…I am HOME. I l feel the “rush” in my heart, I know “this is the place I’m meant to be”.
And the coolest thing of all…God is gracious and compassionate…His love is abounding! No matter how long a “trip” I’ve taken…all He wants is “me back”. He’s waiting for me to “come home”.
“Oh Lord, I’ve missed you terribly. And I didn’t even realize how much until I walked in the door.” “It’s so good to be home!”