The Best Nest
Last week Rees’ memory verse for school was Psalm 46:1-2. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…” After quizzing her on the verse, I launched into my usual “What does this verse mean?” conversation. I asked, “Do you know what ‘refuge’ means?” I had several words and phrases in my mind ready to answer and discuss…shelter, safe harbor, place of protection, comfort, haven. But Rees confidently stated “Oh yes, I know what that means…HOME.”
Maybe her answer should have been an obvious one, but it took me off guard. Maybe her answer does not seem that earth-shattering to you, but for me on that day it was God speaking straight to my heart. In a week when my house has been a revolving door of friends shopping my belongings, a week with showings for potential buyers for our house, a week of planning when our goodbyes to family will take place before we fly across the ocean leaving all that we know of “home,” God used my nine-year-old to remind me that HE is my HOME.
I so easily forget this. More often I feel like Mr. Bird in one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books “The Best Nest.”
You see, I love my house on Kensington Drive. I love my neighborhood. I love my back porch. I love my favorite chair where I have my morning coffee and prayers. I love the sound of my children playing in their playroom or laughing while they swing in the backyard. These places and the memories wrapped up in them represent comfort, safety, security, protection…refuge. They also represent love and acceptance…knowing and being known. I think God wants us to experience these joys of HOME, but without forgetting that even at it’s best and most wonderful state, our home here is only a faint shadow of the HOME we have in God. Scripture is packed with verses about God being our refuge, our protection, our comfort, our dwelling place…our HOME. He is the only place where these deep longings of our heart for security and belonging and safety are truly fulfilled.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved to the heart of the sea…” Psalm 46:1-2
Yes, Rees…God IS our HOME.