Leaving home is always an emotional event. It means leaving familiar surroundings and going to an unknown place. Sometimes it is both exciting and very frightening.
For the little girl going to school for the very first time, feelings of the unknown are certain. The parents may experience fear more than the girl herself. When this same girl goes off to college the fears the parents have may have only increased; while the high school graduate is filled with both fear and excitement.
For the senior citizen, who must leave their home of five or six decades and go live either at an assisted living or to the home of a family member, it must be very troubling and full of unwanted emotions. Leaving their familiar surroundings, where their life experiences have been, surely is very emotional.
For the young man who has just enlisted in the military and headed for boot camp, the event is very emotional. Learning to live with a group of men, whom one does not know, has its emotional challenges.
For many, dying is leaving home. They are leaving this world for someplace where they have never been before. They do not know someone who has been there and has come back to tell them about their experiences. However, if one considers this world as only part of a journey to the next world, some of the fearful emotions can be reduced. If a person realizes that life here on this earth is only temporary and that their home is not this world but the next one, then when they are facing death they are not leaving home but rather they are going home.
Going home is always filled with excitement. One is anticipating seeing friends and loved ones once again. They are going back to familiar and comfortable surroundings. They are going back to a place where there has always been security.
Going to heaven, our eternal home, should have some of the same feelings. There should be the excitement of going to a place where friends and loved ones are currently living; a place of comfort and security. A place where one will no longer experience some of the heartaches experienced in this world.
While there are many enjoyable things about this life, they will not compare with all the enjoyable things which will be experienced in heaven. Leaving this “home” to go to another home, more than likely, will be filled with mixed emotions. However, the excitement of “going home” should be greater than the fear of “leaving home.” Anticipating the experience and life in our new home most definitely will motivate us as we are living God’s way.
Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at email@example.com.