Tracy Brown – March 13th

refugeDear Friends,

How do you feel about where you live? Do you like your home or are you looking to change it? Whether we rent or own, our homes are important places of relaxation and refuge, expressing a great deal about ourselves.

For the past 8 months we have been living with my parents and, much as I love them both very much, I am so looking forward to having a home of our own again.   I don’t think it is a coincidence that my bible readings over the past few weeks have been about ‘home’ issues!   Psalm 84v3 says ‘Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself’.   I have been challenged over these months about how much my surroundings and my belongings mean to me, when really I should be focussing on dwelling (living) in the shelter of the Lord Most High (Psalm 91:1).

I am learning afresh that ‘feeling at home’ whether in our house, our job or our friendship group has more to do with our relationship with our heavenly Father than with anything else. The sooner we realise that no amount of beautiful ‘things’ or a beautiful home in which to showcase them, no promotion or clutch of A*s or the best degree, or even a husband, wife or best friend will ever bring us the ultimate delight we dream of. Just as David in the Psalm knew that his longing to return home was ultimately a longing for a deeper relationship with God, so it is with us.

So part of us longs to be still, at peace, at home and yet part of us cannot stop moving and chasing after life. We can easily spend so much time yearning and chasing after the next big thing, the holiday of a life-time or our dream house – the implication being that once we have each new thing, we will be content. If we could only grasp that we are on a journey of a lifetime – this is it every moment of every day makes up our unique journey with God . I love this quote from Deborah Jenkins: ‘Real wellbeing depends not on everything seeming to be good but on seeing good/God in everything’.   I think we know that sometimes the things that we long for and chase after can be a real distraction when really the only thing that will satisfy and what we are really longing for is peace and rest and we can find both of those things in God right where we are, right now in his perfect dwelling place for us.

So will you and I put our hope in the One who alone can give us that sense of Home this week?
Love Tracy x