Some people live in extravagant mansions, while others live in shabbily constructed huts built of cardboard and trash. What my experience has taught me is that it is not how expensive or simple your home is that matters, it is the heartbeat that flows from within its walls that blesses and comforts those who enter. I grew up in a large mansion in an exclusive part of the city. We had eight bedrooms overlooking a canyon with a live-in housekeeper. It was beautiful and extravagant, but it felt cold to me. In fact, the only place I felt warm in this vast house, was in a small sewing closet at the far end of the second floor where my grandma spent hours sewing on buttons and hemming clothes.
There wasn’t enough room in my grandma’s closet for a second chair, but as a little girl I would sit on the floor with my magnet and pick up her fallen straight pins. I could almost feel her prayers going up to heaven as she sat hour after hour praying, humming, and telling me stories about the goodness of God. My grandma had an overflow of Jesus that seemed to erupt from her soul wherever she was. She sang loudly to the Lord (sometimes off key), sought out the less fortunate, and filled my mind with stories of miracles.
So, it was in Grandma’s sewing closet where I first could identify with the heartbeat of home, but it wasn’t until years later when God blessed me with my own home where he continued to lead me in understanding what home is all about. I believe God gave me access to my current home through prayer and His favor. Prior to my divorce, when my ex-husband and I had made offers on the house, there were two offers that were larger than ours. Fortunately, the previous owners were Christian believers. The man had lived in the house since he was two years old with his parents who were the original owners. His mom had been a prayer warrior and he said many prayers had gone up through the rafters of this house and that they actually had begun a church in this very home. I was amazed and felt so drawn to this home because of its spiritual history. In the end, the man’s father, who was the original owner, told his son that he felt in prayer that my family should become the new owners, even though our offer had been the lowest. Ultimately, they reduced the price of the home by 5,000 dollars enabling us to purchase it and sign the contract with us. It was an amazing miracle to me. At the time, I was pregnant with my third child.
A second miracle happened after my separation and divorce when I was able to move back into my home with my kids, take over the mortgage, and then over time, pay off the equity due to my former spouse. It is truly beautiful what God has done for me in giving me my home, not once, but twice. I always want my home to be a place of love where everyone is welcome. I want people to feel the presence of God here, and to know what the heartbeat of a real home feels like. Still, my home cannot compare to the incomprehensible home that awaits those who choose to put their trust in Him.
The Bible shares with us beautiful truths about our eternal home in heaven.
His Word Tells Us…
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. –Phillipians 3:20-21
In heaven, we will be at home because our Savior will be there with us and He will redeem us from everything that brought death and darkness into our earthly homes.
In the last book of the Bible written after God’s revelation to John, God gives us a glimpse of what this eternal home will be like. In my Bible, the subtitle is “Eden Restored.”
Then the angel showed me [John] the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face and His name will be will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. –Revelation 22:1-5
Thank you so much for preparing such a beautiful place for us. Send your peace and beauty to live in our hearts and in our earthly homes as well. Heal us from the results of the curse. If there has been sin, or death in our homes, redeem and heal us from the devastating impacts of these evidences of a cursed world. You know the ways in which our hearts have been broken and damaged; repair them. Also, help heal those who come into our homes and help them to find freedom in you. Provide for us the resources we need to maintain what you have given to us. For those who are buried in debt, please put us on a path to freedom from those burdens. Help us to look to you as the lamp who will light our way. Help make your home in our hearts.
Thank you for our promise to become citizens in heaven if we believe on you, and help us to enable others to share in your promises too. Lord, you are a beautiful and gracious God, give us the mercy we need, but do not deserve, and the hope we long for to pursue our lives in a way that pleases and honors you, so that we may find your favor and our blessed inheritance from you.
In Jesus’ Name,