Home Again

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.  There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.  And you know the way to where I am going.” 

“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.  If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” John 14:1-7

When I was a little girl, I became homesick very easily. I couldn’t stand to be away from my home and family for very long. Even when we were together on vacations, it was music to my ears to hear my mother say, “Home again, home again, jiggity-jig,” as we pulled into the driveway after a long trip.

At the age of seven, my mother became ill and had to be hospitalized for almost a year. Before she left, Mother came to me and said, “Tomorrow I have to go away, and I will be gone for a long time. But, don’t worry. I’ll be back.” As a seven-year-old, I didn’t understand, and my heart was deeply troubled. “Where are you going?” I asked. “Why can’t I go, too? When will you be back?” There were so many questions, and I knew I would be terribly homesick for my mother.

The disciples were deeply troubled that Jesus was telling them He would be going away, too. They didn’t understand where He was going, or why they couldn’t go. They didn’t understand that His entire plan revolved around His love for them. They didn’t understand that one day they would be home again—with Him.

One day, if Christ is our Savior, He will come to take us home again, too. One day we will no longer be homesick—we will be home again, home again (jiggity-jig).

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