Making a house a home is not an easy task. When we took steps to purchase a new home here in Tipp City it was so hard to see what each house could look like with our family in it. As hard as I tried there were some houses that envisioning what it could be seemed impossible. The house we ended up purchasing was one of those. No matter how I tried I couldn’t get past the almost white carpet, brass fixtures, and Nazarene Beige walls. And yes, Nazarene Beige is a color. Yet, after a couple coats of paint and adding family pictures and personal touches that place that felt so foreign began to feel like a home. But it wasn’t just walls and decor that transformed the feel, it was who lived there. My family brought life, love, hope, excitement, grace, to a place that had been empty and hallow.
Psalm 84 is this week’s psalm in our Lenten readings. As I read through it today I longed for the place that I will one day call home:

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord Almighty!
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.

10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.

12 Lord Almighty,
blessed is the one who trusts in you.

One of my favorite quotes of all time is from CS Lewis and is found in his book Mere Christianity: “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

May today you find solace in the fact that we were made for another place. Allow yourself to long for the presences of God, to be swept away by his majesty. And unlike earthy houses, this home is already being prepared for you. It will be ready with the sweet presence of our God and courts built for our praises.

Click here to listen to Psalm 84 by Hillsong.

Categories: Home, Lent