In college, everything feels temporary. Every three or four months, a new semester or a break begins, bringing with it a new schedule, new tasks, and new expectations, not to mention a physical move to home or school. With every change, I have to say goodbye to one of the places and some of the people I love, if only for a little while. Although I love many places, I cannot honestly call anywhere home.
Change is not easy for me. In fact, if I had my way, I’d live in the same spot for the rest of my life. Yet God has used the difficulty of college’s transitions to teach me that the reason I can’t quite feel at home in this world is because my home is not here. Instead, I seek the city that is to come (Hebrews 13:14).
My life here holds so much good. I’m proud of my college (# choosemason!). I love my friends here in Fairfax, my family back at home, and my high school friends all over the country. I enjoy learning economics and the challenge of doing my coursework well. I’m blessed to have a great job and the opportunity to do research. But, as I’m reminded every time I start a new routine, none of these blessings can make this life home. As good as they are, they are all temporary.
The discomfort of constant change reminds us that this world is not our home. Paul writes that while we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord. Because of this, we groan as we wait to put on our heavenly dwelling (2 Corinthians 5:4,6) – our desire for home is so strong that it evokes a physical reaction! The book of Hebrews describes God’s people as those who know they are “strangers and exiles on the earth” and who “desire a better country” (Hebrews 11:13, 16), and 1 John 2:15 warns that those who love the world do not have the love of the Father.
If you crave home, you’re not alone. It’s normal to feel a little out of place on this earth, but we can take comfort that in eternity, we will find the home we seek. God has prepared a city for those who desire a better country (Hebrews 11:16), and Jesus promises that He has prepared a place for us (John 14:2). This place is not in the hearts of the people around us, in our favorite hometown haunts, or in our new dorms or apartments. It is in His Father’s house. Nothing in this life can ultimately satisfy us the way we will be satisfied when we are in that house, singing God’s praise for all eternity.
At home, we will never be in limbo. We will never pack our suitcases, and we’ll never look to the calendar knowing that we’ll have to move again in a few months. We will simply be eternally fulfilling our greatest calling of glorifying God, crying out Holy, Holy, Holy, with millions of our brothers and sisters by our sides. That’s the city we seek. That’s home.