I am going to head over to my dad’s house this afternoon for the last time. I am taking my wife and kids to say goodbye. The moving trucks are coming soon to transplant a collection of tangible memories, necessities and furniture to a new abode. All of this is bittersweet. This is the home I grew up in and have my most vivid childhood memories. I lived in this home during elementary school, middle school and high school. It is the home that I came back to during my college days. It is the home where I invented a thousand adventures in the backyard and the home I rested in for decades. I have spent dozens of Christmases and holidays in this home. I proposed to my wife in this home. My kids love going there and swimming in the pool, playing in the yard and spending the night with grandparents. Bittersweet for sure.
I have myriad great memories—and some difficult days—in that home. The Lord has stitched together both the good and the bad to refine me. It wasn’t a perfect place, but it was the place the Lord had me for the majority of my life. Honestly, regardless of the season of life, this home has always been a safe place. It was a demonstrable sign of security for my wandering soul. I could literally always “go home” and just simply “be.” The contours of my life have drastically changed as I am now building a home for my family. I am hoping that they will one day look back on the memories of our home and bless the Lord for the time they had there. It won’t be a perfect place, but I pray it is a place of rest and security and laughter and love.
In the end, with the closing of one season, the building of a new one and the beginning of another, Acts 17 seems to place it all under the right perspective:
“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.”
(Acts 17:26-27 ESV)