I saw an interview today of a young couple who lost their home to the fires in Colorado. I am sure they worked hard for their home. This was supposed to be a celebration day as their first child is turning one. Instead they were at a shelter set up for the victims of the fire. They were hoping to salvage the rocking chair they had used to rock their baby to sleep at night in but it too is gone. Home…such a special place. A place of memories, a place of safety, a place to raise the kids and when they are grown, a familiar place to come back to. Homes are important. Jesus said right before His death that He was going to prepare a place (home) for us. We have a lot to look forward to in that one promise alone! This weekend my husband and I will be moving into a new “home” for two months. It is our 87th move in the past 3 years. When I say move, that means we are taking all our “stuff” with us. We sold most of our things before we left for the mission field so we don’t have too much to move with us. But the emotional toll it is beginning to take is something I didn’t anticipate. The reason we have to move this time is because we are renting a furnished vacation rental and they make so much money in one week (more than we pay all month) during the summer, that they have asked us to move and then return in September. I am so looking forward to having my own home again one day. Someplace where my kids and grand kids can come and feel so loved and welcome. A place where we can make memories. A place where I can set up my own bed and not have to hope that the next bed we lie in is comfortable. My own garden to care for and a yard for my new dog (that I don’t have yet) to fetch his bone in. I want to set up my own Christmas Tree and have the kids come “home” for the holidays. Home is a special place. Our good friends recently had a miracle and got to keep their beautiful home. They were told in order to refinance they should not pay their mortgage for 6 months. It was a lie! Instead of getting it refinanced, though they had the money to do so, the bank sold their house right out from under them. But instead of them having to move out, a friend who had the money and could not stand by and let that happen to them, purchased their home back for them. They are still in their home. What a gift! If you are told not to pay your mortgage so that you can refinance, don’t believe it. Several good people, who just wanted to refinance, have lost their homes. I feel a bit melancholy as we prepare to move again. But Thank God, we have a place to move to and I will make it our home for those two months.
In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2