Are You Homebound, Or Bound for Home

homeboundBeing stuck homebound from chronic illness can be depressing, but Shelly asks where the home is we are bound for?

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:1-3).

Over the past year or so I’ve had to deal, once again, with the fact that I am pretty much homebound. In fact, I think I am more homebound at this point than ever before.

I’m learning to think of this in a whole new way . . . another lesson on perspective from my Father. I’d like to share it with you, if I may?

I’m finding that I’m not so much homebound as I am home-bound.

The New Living Translation reminds me:

For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come” (Hebrews 13:14).

I won’t let the loneliness or the isolation or the quiet wrestle me from the grasp of God. I will use those very things to draw even closer to His warmth.

I will use the loneliness to remember that I am never truly alone. I will use it to help others not to feel as alone. I will use it to reach out in other ways that I never had time or opportunity for before.

I will allow the isolation to grow into more meaningful interactions with those I come into contact with. I will use it to write His words onto my heart.

I will be comforted by the quiet, instead of allowing it to disturb me. In it I can more easily listen for the Spirit. In it I can pause before a response.

I may be homebound, but I am bound for my true home. I take great comfort in that.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3).

Come, Lord Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for a new perspective. Help me to hold to these truths and to glorify You even in the isolation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and Essential Tremor, among a myriad of other issues mostly stemming from these two. She had brain surgery in 2012, to install a VP Shunt, and had a revision in January of this year. She now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at http://reneweddaily.com

What difficulty can you use to draw closer to God today?

I think you will like this video. Steven Curtis Chapman sings “Long Way Home” with lyrics about what He thinks God may say to us as we arrive in heaven. Beautiful. Shelly and I both hope it encourages you as you think of God’s greeting words to you personally. He knows this path on earth is hard. Hugs. – Lisa