Longing for Home: Do we Miss it Enough?

After a month long absence Hubby and I are at long last home! (HOME. Isn’t that a beautiful word?) To say that we missed it would be a gross understatement. We spent all of September in the States, traveling a total of 13,202 miles!

And while greatly appreciative of all hospitality offered, as miles and days passed our longing for home steadily increased. Though blessed to see family and friends after many years, our hearts longed for home.

“Home” is an interesting word. As far as I can determine, it doesn’t exist in other languages. Every nation and language has a word for house, but home is so much more.

But what exactly makes home such a special and important place?

“Home” means something different to each person. And I believe this also changes according to the place we presently call home. When I think of our simple summer home in the southern mountains, thoughts of cozy fireside evenings come to mind. Along with a nostalgic wistfulness. Home here in our main village means relaxed afternoons on our porch swing, soaking in our beautiful, peaceful view.

This extended trip reconfirmed that home for me is here, and I longed for familiar things. Shops where I know the owners and coffee bars where I feel welcomed. My weary (60-year-old) body yearned for my own bed and soft feather pillow. And my soul the calm order of my minimalist home and bathroom bidet.

I missed the freedom to stay in PJ’s all day long. To get or stay up as early or late as I wished. The freedom to eat what or when I wanted. And, as an INFJ (introvert), to sit quietly for long periods without speech or interaction.

The times I’ve traveled without Hubby made me miss him and home all the more. It was home because I knew he awaited me there.

“Home is where the heart is” is not just a cute saying. Home is familiar things, beloved people, and a sense of belonging. One of the things our heart most yearns after.

The need for home is deeply embedded within the human heart.

But do we miss our heavenly home as much as we should?

Ever since sin separated us from God, his Spirit draws us back, causing ours to seek that which we lost.

When we leave home for lengthy periods, it often makes us realize that home here is only temporary. And this should increase our longing for the eternal. Increase the longing for the only place that can truly fulfill our deep need of belonging. And look more earnestly for the One who makes it home and awaits us there. Our citizenship is in heaven, where we truly belong. (Hebrews 13:14); Philippians 3:20)

Perhaps this is why John’s words in chapter 14 resonate so deeply in our hearts.

This temporary home is filled with trouble and worry, and we often face painful separation. But the Lord has gone to prepare a better place. So we look forward to the day when good-bye, farewell, so long, ciao, and arrivederci will leave our vocabulary for good. When painful farewells become a thing of the past.

Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many homes. If it weren’t so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also.

John 14:1-3 WEB

He has gone to prepare a place where death shall be no more. Where mourning, crying, and pain cease. Where all is made new and everlasting. (Revelation 21:3-5)

So how can we not be homesick?

How can we not long for the One who awaits us there?

This trip made me realize that sometimes I get a little too comfortable in this earthly home. Seeking for a sense of belonging and satisfaction here, and of course never truly finding it. Then my heart becomes troubled and I wonder why. When all I have to do is keep seeking the city which is to come. And making Home a place where I keep God nestled deep in my heart.

How homesick are you?

And how deep in your heart is the need for your heavenly home?

If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a “wandering to find home,” why should we not look forward to the arrival?

C.S. Lewis

Images: Bench by huevocosmico. | Door by Ben_Kerckx. | Cottage by STVOID. | Bo

Published by Signora Sheila

I am a wife, mom, nonna, blogger, and missionary in Italy. But really, I'm just an ordinary woman on a journey, trying to slow down enough to hear the still small voice of God and live for all that is truly important in this world.

4 thoughts on “Longing for Home: Do we Miss it Enough?

  1. What a beautiful message! We call this earth our home, but our true home is with Him. I pray that I always remember my home with Him is coming and He is waiting with open arms.


  2. This isn’t our home! As much as we try to make it comfy and inviting, this home will always disappoint because as much as it meets heart needs, it will never meet our true soul needs. Thanks for this, Sheila. Well written!


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