The posts on The Ruminant Scribe have been anything but regular for the past couple of months. I have diligently tried to post every Tuesday and Friday since I began the blog, and I have been pretty successful in keeping that schedule (apart from when surgery has thrown the calendar into a spin).
But, for the past couple of months, the posting schedule has been shot. I didn’t want to explain what was coming as I did not want to publicize the fact that we were going to be out-of-town for two months. No sense alerting whatever malevolent forces are lurking to do harm to the fact that the house would be unoccupied for that period of time.
So, what took us away? My husband, the two dogs and I went on our 2018 Western Adventure RV Road Trip.
The mileage on our motor home when we began was 56,660 miles. When we pulled into the storage lot 64 days later, the mileage was 61,919. Thus, after applying higher math to the equation, we had traveled 5,259 miles.
However, the coach was not the only vehicle driven. We towed our Jeep and used it at the various stops to visit the National Parks, towns and roadways while the RV was hooked up to the power at the campground. In short, the Jeep gave us portability that the coach would not have done, so we need to consider the Jeep’s mileage as well. The trip meter says that the Jeep was driven 1,334 miles during this trip.
So, the total mileage for our 2018 Western Adventure over the past 64 days was 6,593 miles.
I am confident that there will be more references to our trip in future blog posts; suffice it to say that for now we are very glad to be home. This prompted me to think about what Scripture says about home.
One of the most prominent references is where people are simply returning to their home, the place where they belong, the place where they are safe and secure, the place they want to be for a host of reasons. Consider:
As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country.”
“And Judah was defeated by Israel, and every man fled to his home.“
2 Chronicles 25:22
The Lord God was so detailed in giving the Law to His people that He required that a newly married man should remain at home with his wife for one year.
“When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be liable for any other public duty. He shall be free at home one year to be happy with his wife whom he has taken.”
Scripture speaks of having a place to call home, noting that this even applies to animals:
“Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.”
After Jesus healed people, He most often would tell them to go to their homes:
“I tell you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.”
“Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.””
And of course we also have Jesus’ words in the parable of the lost sheep:
“And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.'”
While we didn’t have a party at the house upon our arrival, we were very thankful for the home to which we returned., and the children did, in fact, have a surprise waiting for us.
Traveling is great fun with many adventures to have, sights to see, foods to taste, pictures to take and roads to travel. But there is something heart-tugging about “home”.
So join me today as we celebrate returning “home”. We often think of our home in terms of chores – laundry, cleaning, dishes, yard work. All that is necessary to be done, but for now, I would ask that you think about your home differently.
Think about your own home, no matter what it looks like: whether it be a house, an apartment, a tenement, a bungalow, a cottage or a townhouse; whether it is in a city or village; whether it is huge or tiny; it could even be a motor home that can move to different locations! If it is the place where you feel secure … safe … loved, then it is “home,” and praise the Lord for it.
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
Home, for the Christian, also includes being with the Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity in our heavenly home. Praise God for His gracious gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ’s righteousness, we can have life everlasting in our heavenly home. Thank Him now for such a marvelous gift that we have yet to experience.
Blessings to each of you.
Father, thank You for the blessing of travel and experiencing new things, seeing new sights, going down unexplored roads. Thank You also for the blessing of returning home, and for the blessing of Your presence no matter where we are. We praise You for being with us each step of the way. Thank You, Lord.