One of my favorite family movies as a child was the Wizard of Oz. I’m sure it is still a favorite of many of you to this day also. While there were many memorable segments in the movie that I can vividly recall, my all-time favorite moment in the entire movie, was when Dorothy clicked those ruby red shoe heels together and repeated several times, ‘there’s no place like home.’ Soon, Dorothy found herself back in her own bed. It is such a joy and consolation but by far, a blessing to have a home and a family to come back to.
Our home is our foundation. It is the epicenter from which all of our life lessons flow. These lessons will teach us how to navigate through, and stem the treacherous tides of life’s challenges and uncertainties. This is why home is so important. It is supposed to be our base from which we receive our emotional support and social strength. It should be a place where you always want to come back to.
The following devotional, “Finding the way Home” by Ingrid Trobisch, tells her story of a time when she was far away from home in a foreign land; and how it was due to the fact that because she knew that she had a sanctuary, a home base to return to, she was able to complete her mission. The passage is taken from Zephaniah 3:14-20, with emphasis on vs. 20 ‘At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home….” I pray that you enjoy this devotional.
“Some of our hidden strength comes from knowing where our home is. Recently I returned from a six-week trip to five European countries, including East Germany. During that time, I seldom spent more than two nights in the same bed. I lived out of my suitcase. For a few weeks, my Bible, my copy of the Moravian Daily Texts with the pictures of my family pasted on its blank pages, my journal and my notebook became my “home.”
Could I have made it without knowing that six weeks of such living I would return to my “place” in Springfield, my Haus Geborgenheit (my house of steadfast shelter)? I don’t know. The day I safely returned, my heart was filled with praise to my heavenly Father for providing me with this home base.
I think I felt what the Israelites felt when they went back to Jerusalem after being in exile: ‘We were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy (Psalms 126:1-2).’
If there is such joy when we return to our earthly homes, imagine the joy of our reaching our heavenly home!
My oldest son Daniel and his wife Betty work with troubled youth in Austria. One day I turned to my son and asked, ‘What is your goal in your ministry?’
‘To show people the way home,’ was his quiet answer.”
“Finding The Way Home” by Ingrid Trobisch, Women’s Devotional Bible pg. 1003
So as you join the many who will be vacationing at this time and you travel to a foreign land, if you are like me; when the time is up to return home, you simply just want to return home. Be safe as you travel with your family, and remember to spend quality time with your family while you are on FAMILY vacation. God Bless you.
Margaritta Munroe, email@example.com.