Home Sweet Home
"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” ~ Philippians 4:11-13
The colors of the music were familiar and clear to me, layering notes, tones, and rhythms of beauty into my soul that were as sweet, soft and comfortable as my favorite sweater, as dear as my child's face, and as joyful as the loving embrace of a long-missed loved one. I reveled in it, wanting to soak it in and sink into it, immersing myself so completely that I would never forget its melodies or ever be disconnected from it again. I wanted to live within the music, its familiar strains nurturing my well-being and filling me with inspiration, taking me to such soaring heights of awareness I could access all wisdom, realize every ambition and surmount any challenge by virtue of the glory and power that filled me, sustained me and completed me. I was content and sublimely secure. I was home.
There’s nothing better than being at home. No need to make apologies for how you look wearing your favorite, most comfortable clothes; no thought for your appearance; completely safe, secure, and content in yourself and your own space. You never have to explain yourself or justify how you feel at any given moment because you can own your truth without embarrassment or apology. No one will argue with what you think because they fully know and understand where you are coming from and who you are. Home is the place you want to be at the end of the day. It is where you can let down your hair and unapologetically be yourself because, ideally, anyone who is there with you knows you and loves you unconditionally.
I know what it means, now, to say, “I have found my home in Him.” Being content in all circumstances, as Paul described in Philippians 4:11-13, indicates that whether you have money or poverty, plenty or scarcity, good health or illness - no matter what your circumstances - the condition of your heart and soul remains fully secure and content in the presence of Jesus. When he lives in us and walks with us each day through every trial or victory we face, his presence keeps us steady. He is the rock upon which we stand, our anchor, our balance, our center, our confidence and our truth. Externals may make us more or less comfortable in the natural world, but the condition of our hearts will remain steady, calm, secure and confident because he is there. For now - until I meet him in Glory - Jesus is my home, my quiet place of strength, peace, assurance, and comfort. He is my hope, my truth, my wisdom, my joy, and my strength. He is the music that fills my soul and the song in my heart. In Him I will rejoice and find sweet, blessed rest.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for the comfort of knowing you, walking with you and being loved by you. Thank you for the reassurance I am exactly where I am supposed to be at this given moment, and regardless of what I do, I belong to you and with you, and no one can take that away from me. You are my source of hope, strength, love, peace, wisdom and truth. In you, I am home, and I will trust you and rest in you forever and always. In Jesus' name, amen.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ~ Philippians 4:8