She had found her way home but she would never see it in the same light again.
Reference: “Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed.” Genesis 35:27 NIV
Explore: Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz said it perfectly, “There’s no place like home.” And yet, when she flicked her heels together three times and finally made her way back to Kansas, she was a changed girl.
Everything she had experienced in Oz, all the situations she found herself in, had helped her to grow in wisdom, love and courage. She had found her way home, but she would never see it in the same light again.
Application: I wonder if you’ve had a Dorothy experience. I know I have.
When I left home to go to boarding school I was still always welcomed home, but I came home a different person and saw my home in a new light. Sometimes our distance and our experiences while we are away change us.
There is no doubt Jacob felt the same way when he returned to his father. Many years had passed, he now had a family of his own, and even his relationship with his brother had changed.
But he was still welcomed home and what a blessing it would have been to be there when his father passed away.
As humans we are always moving and changing, it’s part of the way God made us. Sometimes we can grieve the changes in our lives, but no matter what we do or what has happened to us, our Heavenly Father always meets us where we are.
He is our home in all places. He is our constant when the rest of our life changes. He is where we can find ourselves, no matter what we’ve been through.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for being our constant. Thank You for coming on the journey with us and understanding how and why we change. Amen.
How have you changed in the latest season of your life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.