They say "home is where the heart is." That's what makes an 18 year old move eight hours away from the life they've known to pursue their dreams in a city where they've never been. It's why a husband or wife moves with their significant other when they get a job on the other side of the country. It is what takes you back to the town you grew up in when you swore in high school you were leaving and never coming back.
This idea of home was on of my greatest challenges in the past eight months.
Here I am, on the other side of the world chasing what I know God has called me to, yet feeling that longing for home at the same time. Don't misunderstand me, God has graced me for this and through him alone I have never been homesick since being in Australia. But, I was living with a feeling of one foot at home and the other foot here. My perspective was that Sydney was my home away from home for the next few years. It wasn't my home, home. I was building a community around myself here while I was away from my community of friends and family back home.
Then, I read Jeremiah 29:7...
It's not God's will for me in this season to live one foot in Australia and one foot in West Virginia. It is his plan for me to dive into this season and suck the life and wisdom out of every experience I have here. It is too short of a time for me to live with only half of my heart present. Sydney, in this season, isn't my home away from home; it is my home. The people here aren't my friends and family until I can get back to my friends and family back home. They are my family.
How often do we miss the beauty in life because we are trying to live in two places at once, yet God has only called us to be present where we are planted?
One of my instructors made a beautiful point this morning, he said:
"When you're in the will of God you're always home."
Ah man, these words are so sweet to my soul.
So maybe the phrase "home is where the heart is" is true after all, but possibly the better question to ask myself is "where is my heart?" If my heart is set on things above, if my heart is set on Thy Kingdom Come, I am forever home. God can move me to Asia, Australia, or Argentina and it doesn't matter-I have found my home in Him. Wherever he plants me I will plant both of my feet and seek the prosperity of that land because my prosperity will only ever be found in its prospering.