For the last few years I’ve had a statement go through my mind in times of trial and when I am just feeling really tired and worn out. I think to myself, “I just want to go home.” It’s a simple enough statement and the first time I thought it I was not at home and so it made sense. But as time passed I continued to state it to myself and sometimes it was when I was standing in my house sometimes even in my own room. And as I’ve reflected on the thought I’ve taken it to mean something different than a longing to be home at the place that I live with my family. My longing to be home has more to do with a restlessness. The statement comes out when I’m feeling particularly fed up with things of the world, when I’m on the edge of discouragement and despair. And as I’ve reflected I’ve come to the conclusion that what I am really seeking is my eternal home. The longing I feel is for Heaven. When I am feeling particularly weak I long for the place where:
“[God] will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them [as their God]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away. The one who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold I make all things new.’”
I long for the place where all things are made new and I can dwell with my Heavenly Father. Things in this world can be very discouraging and a lot of the time it seems like nothing is ever going to work out. But I think there is a reason for that. It’s so that we are pointed to the place where true peace and happiness lie. We will never reach true happiness or true joy without God and complete peace doesn’t happen until we reach Heaven.
We can never forget that we were made for something more than this world. The Lord created us to dwell with Him and to quote St. Augustine, “our hearts are restless until they rest in [Him].” But, since we’re here, we better not waste this time. So let’s let the Lord lead us home and try to bring as many people as possible with us on our way.