Home is a wonderful, comforting word. Traveling and going new places is fun and exciting but going home is relief. Hopefully you have a wonderful memory of home as a child and memories bring a smile to your face and a warm fuzzy feeling. I recently took my dog to the groomers. He was excited to get in the car and ride but on the way, the shaking starts. He knows he’s not going home right away. No matter how many times we go to the groomers or vet, he doesn’t get comfortable going. The main problem is that sometimes I have to leave him. It’s not the place, it’s more the separation from momma. For pets, their comfort level is wherever their humans are. We go camping, and they are fine walking around a new place, even traveling to get there. I think their clue to a trip verses the vet is the baggage loaded into the car.
Christians operate in a similar way. Once we accept Jesus, we are given the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort. We are ok being away from home, Heaven, because we have our Father’s Spirit within us. We may get into situations where we feel uncomfortable and uneasy, “the vet”, because we are bombarded with negative feelings and we don’t want to be there. Even in those situations, like Paul sitting in a jail cell writing letters to churches and praising God, we can feel near to God by talking to Him and receiving peace from the Spirit. Jesus tells us that we will be home soon and we know the way. As long as we know we are going home, we can endure the vet for a few hours. Jesus tells us in John 14:3-4 that He is “coming back to take us home; you know the way to the place where I am going”. You may ask like Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (John 14:5-6) “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Stay calm in this life, because we are on the way home!