Our New House!
Every time we pull in we think “we get to live here?!” “We OWN this?”
It is pretty hard to believe that our very first home gets to be this nice. We are so very grateful. We prayed a lot about whether or not to do this. We have seen God’s faithfulness in providing every step of the way- even when less than 24 hours before closing we got a call from our banker that we still needed proof of income in Australia.
As I sat at my kitchen table one morning, enjoying the sunshine through my new windows (which unlike our rental allow the sunshine in but holds out the heat), I had this thought:
“This is just my temporary home. My home away from home. I can’t even imagine what’s in store for me in heaven.”
So often we don’t think of heaven as our real home unless something on this earth goes wrong. In our hardships and sorrow we are comforted knowing that this earth is not our home. Yet here I am, rejoicing in a blessing and being reminded of this same truth, and rejoicing in it. This is only my home away from home.
So often the reality of life on this earth being temporary doesn’t feel like reality at all. It’s so easy to go through day after day as if this is it. As I try to build a safe haven in this place for my kids, a place of rest for my family, of beauty and peace and a place of hospitality, I want to keep in mind that this is still a temporary dwelling. Real rest, greater beauty, true safety, is all ahead of me.
Jesus said, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am ” (John 14:2-3).
Furthermore, we know that we are “awaiting a heavenly city” (Hebrews 11:10) and we have a God who tells us “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor 2:9). We can not conceive what we have been given in Christ- redemption and salvation, neither can I conceive of what such a generous, loving, creative, powerful God could create for a home.
As I enjoy this new beautiful gift of a home, maybe I continue to look forward with that much more anticipation of what a heavenly home will be like!
We are so thankful to have this home, and I love that every time we turn onto our street, CJ starts singing “my house! my house!” 🙂 We love our home away from home.