Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. – Psalm 90:1, NIV
Harper lived in a small Southern town most of her life. When she graduated from high school, her mother was ill. Harper decided on a college that was close to home so she could commute. In the evenings, she would come home to care for her mother and keep the household running.
Eventually, Harper’s mother recovered. As graduation loomed closer, Harper received several job offers. The most promising one was over two thousand miles away. She prayed over the decision and felt God was leading her to the city.
But a few days after the move, Harper called her mother in tears. Nothing was familiar. She missed her favorite spot under the oak tree and the sound of her siblings racing down the stairs. She couldn’t navigate public transportation as easily as she could her beloved country roads.
“You’re homesick,” her mother explained. “I know it’s scary right now. But God has placed you where you are for a reason. Trust Him in the middle of the unknown.”
Sometimes, God calls us to places that are unfamiliar. These unfamiliar places can be physical, like Harper’s, or they can be spiritual or mental. When moments of homesickness arrive (and they will), remind yourself that God is your home. He’s holding onto you, and you’re safe in His arms.
Lord, I’m scared. This doesn’t look anything like I thought it would. I confess I want to run back to what’s familiar. Please help me to stand in this place, to remember that You’re my home and I’m not alone. Thank You for holding onto me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.