Home can be such a difficult thing to describe. Recently we have been talking with the senior class here about the transition they are coming to and many of the things they will go through. When we get to this question though it is difficult for some and it causes a lot of wrestling. If we ask Cassidy she says which home do you mean? “I do not really have a home but there are special things about each place – Kenya and Canada – that make it home for me”. Titus would say that home is fun and seeing his family in one spot. Ella says that home is playing with toys and colouring. Todd would say that home is where he feels comfortable being himself. If you were to ask Kylie she would say that home is where her husband and children are – and maybe furniture. To add to the difficulty of describing home we live in a different country on a different continent. Is where we are now “home” or are we denying our “birthright” by calling Kenya home even though we are Canadian?
” I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death, I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside, I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others do the same.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
This quote that I recently read really reminded me of what I, and every Christian, should be aiming for. Home is such a temporal place here on earth. What does it hold for me? In thinking more about this after a relative of ours lost everything when their house was completely gutted by fire it can be gone in a matter of minutes. Are my possessions and earthly things that important to me or define what “home” is. Should I be looking forward to something else? We think so.
One of the most difficult questions that our children face is the “where are you from?” or “where is home?” questions. It has a lot of underlying meanings for them and they have to decipher what they think is really wanted or even how interested the person asking is in knowing. I think that if we are truly honest with ourselves as Christians we should probably also struggle with these types of questions. If we answered like C.S. Lewis would answer in the previous quote what kind of response would we get?
“By faith, Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” – Hebrews 11:8-10
Abraham probably faced this same dilemma when asked “Where are you from?” when he left and made his home in the promised land. I am sure that the people around him were wondering what in the world this guys was thinking when he left a good place. He was looking forward to the city that was designed by God. Sounds exciting doesn’t it?
Maybe the next time you think about home you can think about us and the difficulty in answering that here on earth but also that it will be easy to think of something bigger and better.