April 23, 2020
Is there something that feels so familiar to you that it feels like home?
I was recently speaking with a friend and we were discussing the changes we were making to adapt to our “new normal” of self-isolating. I had made a comment that it felt familiar to me, that it felt like home, and how I hoped it would feel like home to others as well, that they would know the safety, security and peace that I feel.
I’ve self-isolated before.
A few years ago, while battling an auto-immune disorder I found myself on immune suppressing drugs, which does exactly as the name implies, suppresses your immune system, which makes you susceptible to even the slightest cold. As a result, I found myself at home. All. The. Time. For months on end. I had a choice to make about how I would use all the time I had been given to simply be at home, protecting my health. I could use my time on things that had no eternal significance, or I could choose to see this time as a gift. I chose to see it as a gift, the best one-on-one time with Jesus, ever. I was determined to come out of my time of self-isolation a different person then the one who had entered into it. With Jesus’ help, I did.
When social distancing and self-isolating protocols for Covid-19 came into effect, my first thought was, “I’ve been here before. I feel like I’m coming home. And I’m determined to come out of this a different person than the one who has entered into it.” With Jesus’ help, I will.
I often feel this “home” feeling about scripture. Psalm 51. This chapter (yep, the entire chapter) is what Jesus used to show me my desperate need for Him, just over ten years ago. Verses 10-12 made me come undone before the Lord, without knowing it, it had been the lifelong cry of my heart:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.”
Psalm 51: 10-12 (AMP)
My heart feels at home in these verses because they brought me to the One who is my Home.
He has given me these words again. I’ve been here before. I feel like I’m coming home. I don’t know what Jesus plans to do with them this time around, but I am convinced He will use them, and I am determined that I will come through this a different person than the one who entered in. With Jesus’ help, my story continues to be written.
Wherever you find yourself today, in whatever situation I hope you too, have something that feels familiar, that feels like home. Home in scripture. Home in Him. I pray you choose and are determined to see this time at home as a gift and that you too will come out of this time a different person then the one who entered in.
Jesus, I thank you that You are on Your throne and that You are in control, when life seems so chaotic. I’m so thankful that none of this is a surprise to You. You haven’t been caught off guard. In fact, you saw this coming Jesus and because of who You are and Your unending love for us, You have made a way through this for us. You know exactly how this ends. You are so good to us, and so incredibly faithful to us. Jesus you have promised that you will go through this with us. You won’t leave us in it, You won’t run ahead of us, or linger behind but You are with us, beside us, and all around us. Jesus, I pray that this truth would feel like home to all of us today, and I am so thankful we don’t have to search very far to find where home is with You, because You choose to make Your home in us. Father, I pray that we all would use this time intentionally that we would be determined to come out of this time changed by You, marked by You, bearers of Your image. Thank you for calling each one of us into deeper relationship with You. Today we declare that we are coming home to You. Amen.