There’s nothing like coming home.
Home was my safe place. A place I felt understood and completely loved and valued despite my many failures and weaknesses. It was where I belonged and the one place I felt safe to let all my walls down.
But home was never a building, but a person. Home was wherever my Mum was.
Whether I was in turmoil about a relationship or in the midst of wrestling with a big decision, simply spending time with Mum seemed to make everything better. Although she wouldn’t often have the answers I was searching for, she always gave me the answer I needed: I knew I was loved.
Sometimes life’s biggest questions can’t be answered with words alone. Our questions might help to put a framework around a deeper longing we find hard to articulate, but in the end the only answer that really matters is not a presentation of facts but the presence of a person.
David was completely overwhelmed with unrestrained emotion and out of control irrational thinking that caused him to seriously doubt himself. He second guessed himself and looked with envy at the very people who sought to destroy him. But this inner turmoil could not be resolved by thinking his way out of it, but by entering into the presence of God:
‘When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God’ – Psalm 73:16-17 (NIV)
David found his safe place was not based in the opinion of others, but in the presence of God. His ability to escape from his troubles or find his safe place was not found in his minds capacity to figure everything out, but to be with the One who knew the end from the beginning. It’s from this place that David began to gain perspective and discover where his real treasure was found:
‘My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever’ (73:26)
It was through his challenges that David realised his security was not dependent on his performance but God’s presence, and that the presence of God was not only his safe place, but his launch pad for destiny!
‘You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny’ – Psalm 73:24 (NIV)
Come home today. He is waiting for you!