Yesterday morning as I was teaching words for gardening for my Ukrainian friends, one of them shared, “I miss my garden and home.”” There was a domino effect as some of the women began to tear up at the thought of their homes and gardens no longer being there.
I shared with them that they understand better than most people what it meant to Abraham when God told him in Genesis 12:1:
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.”
We talked about how God led them to my city that they knew nothing about and step by step God is helping them to rebuild their lives.
Then we talked about Hebrews 11:14-16:
People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
We talked about how everything in this life is temporary and that our real eternal homes are in heaven.
That is a reality that can be difficult to think of in concrete terms, but not for my refugee friends who have had to flee. But the truth is no matter how well built the church building is for my church, it is not eternal, It will some day be gone. No matter how much I enjoy places like my coffee shop, the college I teach at, or any other places I frequent, they will all be gone. But Jesus is eternal and as he said in John 14:
“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. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus is preparing a place for those who believe in him. He is preparing our eternal homes and one day he will come back to take us home to our eternal homes.
The question is whether we are ready for that day. We become ready by trusting, believing in Jesus.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
9 thoughts on “Missing Home/Looking for Home”
What a blessing that you are there to encourage those who are so homesick and sad. And especially to share Christ with them!
It was a blessing for me too
Prayers for your Ukrainian friends, Matt. Being homesick is so hard. It’s nice how you wove the Word into their situation so perfectly. I know it encouraged their hearts!
It is difficult for them at times more difficult than others
Love that God directed you in His word to offer them His word of truth and comfort.❤️
God’s word is a source of much comfort. 🙂
Matt, your instincts and compassion continue to work together in your discussions with these adults. God offered up a teaching moment, and you took His lead. Blessings to you and these students.
Following God’s lead is the best thing to do