Are We Going Home?
My three-year-old son, Micaiah, is curious, sometimes chaotic, and full of love. Following one Sunday evening worship service, we went to eat with friends from our congregation. Sundays tend to be harder on the kids since naptime is shortened while the hours spent in public are stretched. On the drive home, Micaiah was moving through his typical routine, asking about the names of songs and talking about the stars. About halfway through the drive, he asked, “Are we going home?”
“Yes, we are,” I replied.
During the fifteen minutes which remained there were no more questions, no more observations, only silence. Micaiah had fallen asleep, at peace knowing the answer to just one question: “Are we going home?”
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:6-7, NASB95)
Christians who feel the pressing worries of life should pray to God, seeking the peace only He provides. Prayer can change the direction of our thoughts. As you speak your concerns to God, ask also, “Are we going home?” God answers through the Scriptures, describing our eternal home through the Revelation:
“[I] will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
“Behold, I am making all things new.”
“He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.” (Revelation 21:3-7)
And in the book of Hebrews:
“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.” (4:9)
My son, Micaiah, found peace not only because of my answer, but because he trusted it. If you are struggling to find peace in your life as a Christian, pray to God and ask, “Are we going home?” And trust the peace-bringing answer He has given, “Yes, we are.”