The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. Revelation 21:19-20
A few weeks ago, I was so blessed to be able to spend two weeks visiting my daughter and their new baby. But about a week and a half in I told her, “I love being here but I really miss being home.” There’s something about home that feels comfortable. Maybe it’s your own bed and pillows, your comfy chair that’s worn just right, the perfect cutting knife in your drawer, or just the knowledge of where everything is located.
Whether your house is a home, an apartment, on wheels, or even a Bedouin tent, God instilled in us the idea of “being home.” Maybe it’s because in this world we who have recognized Jesus as our Lord and Savior know this isn’t our final home. We long for the day we can go home to Him.
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Jeremiah 29:4-14
In his letter to the Israelites living in exile, Jeremiah passes along God’s directives that apply to all of us today. Settle down, plant roots, make a place for ourselves while being God’s example of holy people. And I thank God today for not only the home He has helped my husband and I build together but for the longing for our final home in beautiful Eden.