Lonely child

Have you ever been homesick? Stuck some place but desperately yearning to be back home with the people who love you and places you love. Even if you like where you are now, there remains an intense knowledge you are not where you belong.

For a child, homesickness can destroy joy and is only abated when a parent comes to take the child home. As adults we learn to shove the feelings back down and get on with things but the longing for home remains, however we try to ignore it. This is a good thing – home is where we should want to be.

Still, it is odd as an adult to feel intense homesickness yet not be wanting to go home to Mum and Dad, or even home to my wife and kids – I am longing for my Father and His house (Matthew 23:9 and John 14:3). Not the gold streets or never being sick or the delights of heaven, rather to be with my Father and to dwell in His house. To be home.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
(Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV)

Almost everyone asks themselves at some point, “Is this it? Isn’t there more to life than this?” Such a question is an admission of homesickness, longing for our true home.

Don’t be afraid of longing for home. It is right and good to know we are only sojourners here (Hebrews 11:13).

For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
(2 Corinthians 5:2-4 ESV)

These lines from a song sum up well how it can feel to be homesick for God:

Forever seems so distant
Much further than today
You turn around and in an instant
You find that you are just as far from yesterday
The day it feels like winter
The night it feels like stone
You turn around and you remember
When you’re surrounded
You can still feel so alone
(San Angelo by Third Day)

Gifts I have noticed this week:

539) A good book finished.
540) Dreams surpassed.
541) A christian preschool for my son
542) Barracuda washed up on the beach.
543) Huge changes compared with one year ago.
544) Friends visiting our church.
545) Folks noticing if we are late.
546) Enduring the day at work with a headache.
547) Bus to bring me home at the end of the day.
548) My children fed well enough that they can be fussy and waste some of their lunch.
Image of homesick boy: iStockphoto

7 thoughts on “Homesick

  1. Excellent post, Mike; and something deep within me resonates with what you’re talking about—that longing to be at home with our Father. As you say, it’s right and good to feel this way.
    I love your ‘gifts I have noticed this week’ list! What a great idea.


  2. God’s blessings to you!! I’m popping in from 1000 Gifts (your post was right before mine).Beautiful list! I love “a good book finished” – I have SO many books that I am slowly reading that I know I will be thankful as well when I have finished my way through them.
    May God bless and keep you always! Keep counting! <


    • Ah, the large pile of books that are being slowly read – I am very familiar with that! (but it is a kind of nice problem to have)


  3. Oddly it was that Third Day song that helped me grieve the death of Rob Daly. Longing for home and longing for him to be with Jesus- was not something I picked up that I was feeling. It was more my ‘why’ song at the time. But it is there always.
    Thanks love


  4. Hello there,Visiting from Ann’s place. . .
    I just finished a good book too and ready for the next one!
    I look forward to coming back here and reading more.


  5. I find myself saying “I just want to go home” often and then look around and realize “I am home” …this earthly home anyway ….so it’s the eternal one I’m longing for and I tend to think that right now I’m just longing for a rest from work and the everydayness of life…when I should truly long to see Jesus. Even so come Lord Jesus!


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