A friend gave me John Ortberg’s book Faith & Doubt this Sunday. The premise is that most people have a mix of faith and doubt about their beliefs. One of the chapters deals with the experience of desiring ‘home’ but finding the dynamic in this world inadequate.
The limited joys of home we have are saddened by the passing of years and circumstances such that we frequently have a homesickness that seems much deeper than just sorting out which house is the one we most identify with. The question is more about ultimate purpose and meaning. Are we accidents of nature or children made in God’s image called to love?
“Are we homesick because we have no home or because we are away from home?”
Hebrews 11:13-16 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.