Perhaps one of the greatest longings of our hearts is that for a home, a true home, a home filled with peace and a secure sense of belonging. The cry of our hearts for home is often silenced by the noise and business of our daily lives, but in the quiet moments of the night, this cry, this longing, can be heard all too well. This longing for our true home can touch us so deeply, can prick our hearts so acutely that it cannot be ignored. The Holy Spirit finally has our attention. He whispers, ‘you are a foreigner and a stranger on earth. You are looking for a home and for a county of your own. It is not here. Do not despair for God has prepared an entire city for you!’
We may search for places and things to quench our longing for home. C.S. Lewis reminds us, “these things are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.”
Although the business of the day helps to quiet the yearning for home and country, take heart in the quiet of moments of the night, for our hope for home is secure and the promise of our true country is already fulfilled and both await our homecoming even now.
“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had the opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country- a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them” (NIV).