Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Cure for Homesickness

We have cures for everything. Well, almost everything.

Through medication, surgery, and other medical advances, we have ways to combat most of the conditions that ail us. But there is one condition I have yet to find a cure for. Dealing with this in my own life on many occasions, I’ve wondered lately if there is a cure for homesickness??

This is the condition that occurs when you are away from the familiar…those things that brought security and comfort to your life, and causes all sorts of emotions to flood to the forefront. Most do all they can to avoid this feeling. We stay where we are and do the things we’ve always done simply to avoid breaking away from what we have known.

(South Harbor - Federal Hill area of Baltimore City)
There is a scripture used mainly at weddings that seems to have a cure for homesickness. Matthew 19:4-5 says, “…For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: . . .”

It was said once that some newlyweds drove off on their honeymoon and never removed their mother or father from the backseat of their car (figuratively speaking). Each of them constantly comparing their spouse to their parent.
Homesickness comes as a result of this very principle. How many times has Christ called us to follow Him, and we set out on the journey allowing baggage to ride along with us? And that lack of separation works on us until we finally walk away from the calling He’s placed on our life.

It’s not so much the baggage of sin…but comfort, familiarity, and security. Having these ‘things’ attached to us force us backward and never let us feel the freedom to release and fulfill God’s calling.

In Luke 2, Jesus parents were frantically searching for Him after they left the Temple. His mother Mary asked why He would cause such a scare by not letting them know where He was. Jesus simply replied, “Why did you need to search? Did you not realize that I must be about my Father’s business?”

Jesus sets before us a prime example of how to cure this life-altering disease. He could have allowed the comfort and protection of ‘home’ to consume Him, but there was not a minute to waste. He was determined to fulfill His purpose, and there was no ‘baggage’ that could go on this journey with Him.

(Inner Harbor - Baltimore City)
We all are faced with this reality at some point in our life. If you choose to follow Christ, then a crossroads-moment will come when you are asked to pull the car over, open the door, and let your stuff out.

To those who make that decision, the destiny Christ has called you to accomplish will be revealed. To those who don’t . . . well, let’s just say, you’ll be ‘comfort’able.       

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  1. I sure needed to read this in this beautiful Sunday Morning!! Thank you!!
    Seems that my day begins so much better, when I read your blog at the beginning of my day!!
    Big Sis

  2. The busier that you stay, the less homesick you feel. It's the alone times that we are allowed to think & miss the ones we love that are no longer at our fingertips. But the Bible says, "Lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the world!" Something like that anyway. There's comfort in His word!