I Want To Go Home

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If you make the Most High your dwelling - even the Lord, who is my refuge - then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.

Psalm 91:9-10

Have you ever . . . had a child spend the night, whether it is a grandchild, or a friend of your own child, and in the wee hours of the morning they cry out, I want to go home!”?  

You can feel that sense of dread coming over you as you try to calm their fears.  Not only do you not want them upset, but you also don’t want to have to call their parents at midnight to say their child is coming home.  

As much as I always hated that, I completely understand.  There is just something about that midnight hour, when we realize that we are all alone in the dark, when we all want to scream out, I want to go home!”  

What is it about home that we yearn for?  Home is safety.  Home is protection from danger.  It is familiar and safe.  It is a place where you know your parents will take care of everything.  It is a place where you know you will find solutions, comfort, and love.  Home is the place where we can be completely ourselves.  We are loved and accepted as who we are, no strings attached.

Often I know exactly what that child at midnight is feeling.  When I am tired, scared, uncertain of what is to come, I can hear myself whisper, I just want to go home.”  And even though I always have my physical home, which is definitely my place of safety, it is not always possible to for me to make it there when I am in need.  

So where can we go when we can’t make it home?  We go to God, the “Most High,” and make Him our dwelling, our habitation, our home.  As they say, “Home is where the heart is.”  Wherever we may be, we can always know if we turn to God, no harm will befall us.  He is our safety, our comfort, the place where we can be ourselves.  When we call to Him in prayer, we are home.  He comes and "picks us up, so to speak, no matter what the hour.  

This week I had one of those I want to go home” moments.  I was with a group at a prayer chapel and I was tired and distracted.  I had too much to do and was so worried about how to get it all done.

As I sat in that prayer chapel, I looked up and there near the ceiling inscribed in stone were the words, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous run to it and are safe.”  

As tired as I was, I knew in that moment that I was home.  I was in the safety of the Lord.  

I pray that if you are reading this and you have a fear, a burden, or something that is causing an unsettling in your spirit, then run to God and be safe.  Come home to the safety of the Lord.  Call out to Him and He will “come and pick you up, no matter what the hour of the day!

*The photo above was from the prayer chapel I was in.  To see more about this incredible chapel, and to receive a blessing from it, click here.

© margaret young