Home is a Haven
Home is the most important sanctuary we can ever hope for. It is the safe haven where we retreat from the world, reflect on today, and refresh for tomorrow. Home is where we abide, settle, relax, and recharge.
One of my favorite comfort scriptures is when Jesus answered his disciples about how things would be when he no longer was with them on earth.
"Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him" John 14:23.
Making a home in our spirit is reflected on the outside in our physical home. Not that everything has to be perfect all the time, because God knows there is mismatched furniture and dust under the bed in my soul. Still, He is comfortable there because He sees the "real me" and the beauty I am becoming. In fact, because He is abiding there, things that are out of order are coming into order, and mismatched relationships, ideas, and thoughts are being swept out!
Jesus comes to dwell in us. What a marvel. Make His home in us, with the Father, and the Spirit. Who can understand it? Yet it reminds me that my home -- the place I call home, should be a sanctuary, a haven. And that is all the more reason I want it clean, tidy, in order. When it is not, to me that is a reflection of the turmoil within. And although Jesus is perfectly content there, He is also revealing the turmoil and speaking peace to it. That's what needs to show up on the outside. In my home, my haven, my sanctuary. That is my desire. To live in a clean, ordered environment, reflective of a pure spirit.
Just some thoughts.