Two nights ago I told my daughter goodnight for the last time in the house she grew up in. I saw tears as they began to stream down her face as I released her from our nightly hug. I knew what it was. This house is the only ‘home’ she has ever known. She lived at college for 3 years but I found out she cried there, too.
No greater compliment can a child give a parent than to cry because they are leaving ‘home’. This time home was house, a structure. What truly makes a home is the family that dwells in it. I reminded her of that and that we would still be together because she moved with us.
The move is still going on. We are all exhausted! This is our first night in our new place and the first thing to happen was the kitchen faucet broke into pieces. Water sprayed everywhere like an exploding volcano. Water dripped from the cabinets, the ceiling, and it spilled all over the floor. My husband quickly turned the valve off and I can say the place is now spotless!
I could feel the angst building in us all. Even Gracie is tense and seems scared. God reminded me this is when we are to become very sober and vigilant, as it says in 1 Peter. The enemy was doing everything he could to steal our joy and to bring upset and strife among us on a day we should have been celebrating.
After we had cleaned our temporary home, the Lord reminded me of something Reverend Mark Hankins says. He cites the scripture ‘Count it all joy when you fall into various trials and temptations….” He ends it by saying with each trying thing that comes you say, ‘One joy, two joy, three joy!” NEVER let satan rob you of your life giving joy! It is your strength!
There was a book by the title of “If the Devil Can’t Steal Your Joy, He Can’t Keep Your Goods” by Jerry Savelle. That title says it all. When it rains, get under God’s umbrella of protection by staying in the spirit! He says He hides us in the cleft of the rock. We are safe from the storms that come to steal our peace, joy, and confidence in the Lord.
How quickly our situation could have soured if we had chosen wrong attitudes. How we could have prolonged the blessing the Lord has already prepared in advance! Nope…not this time! It feels good to grow up. It is wonderful knowing that the very things you would have fallen for before, God has brought you to a place you see it coming and you know how to avert it!
We are home, though temporarily in this ‘structure’, and this is an enjoyable season of our life! God has blessed us, and even in our exhaustion, we are going to be thankful and relish it! We are together and God is in our midst…what greater home could you have?