For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:10
Grab your coffee (or tea), and pull up a chair for Share Your Heart Tuesday.
Today I have a question for you: Are you a victim of homesickness?
When I was a child, I don’t think I was ever homesick, which probably didn’t make my parents feel very appreciated. I was always ready to go and do and have the next adventure.
My first experience with homesickness was at summer camp. A friend of mine was homesick, and she was SICK. She cried every night, keeping the rest of us from sleeping in the process. She didn’t want to go to meals (or anywhere else) alone. She even worked herself up so badly she vomited a couple of times. I remember thinking, If homesickness is like that – whew! I don’t want to get it ever!
However, as I grew into a young adult and then a college student, and even now as a married, mom of 5 – homesickness rears its ugly head in my life from time to time.
The Homesickness of Dreamers:
I found this quote in a magazine in college. I cut it out, laminated it; and now, 17 years later, it still hangs on my refrigerator. I have not before, nor since, found anything that so exactly describes my adult bouts of homesickness.
I am a dreamer. I dream of travel. I dream of calm blue seas and quiet vineyards. I dream of museums full of history’s treasures, and water lapping on the shore of palm tree lined beaches. I dream of famous skylines and secluded oasis. I dream the dreams of the stories held captive by 200 year old hacienda walls. I am often homesick for adventures yet to be lived, and lands I’ve yet to see.
I think God puts that in us, don’t you? This wanderlust, that always makes one anxious for the next adventure, the next place. God never meant for us to be completely satisfied on earth, because heaven is our home (Hebrews 11:10, 1 Corinthians 5). Streets of gold, visions of glory, and my sweet Savior’s face. When I am finally home, I will be homesick no more.
Where are you homesick for? What place(s) have you always dreamed of visiting? Have you ever thought about those desires as God given? Talk to me in the comments. Share your heart. I love hearing from you.