We often say that “Heaven is my home.” Why is Heaven home? Because God is there. Jesus is there at the right hand of the Father. Would it be Heaven if God was not there? Not at all.
What about our homes? The presence of God makes home feel like home. And the mother in the home makes a home. Is there any joy walking into a home when no one is in the home? Back to four walls? It’s cold and boring.
It’s people who make home. Mother and father and brothers and sisters. I remember as a child coming home from school. Arriving home my mother would be there, either in the kitchen or in her sewing room. I would say Hi, throw my bag in my room, and run out the door to play with my friends. I was happy and carefree. I felt secure because mother was at home.
However, on some occasions, when I arrived home I found no one at home. My mother was late home from shopping. Instead of running out the door to play with my friends, I moped around the house. Something was wrong. Had Jesus come and left me behind??? I didn’t feel the same freedom to run out and play.
The security that comes from knowing mother is there is powerful. One of the names of God is Jehovah Shammah which means “God is there.” To know that God is always available is so steadying to our lives. In the same way, we as mothers show to our children a wonderful characteristic of God when we are “there” for our children. We show them what God is like.
To be “there” in the heart of the home reveals a little of what Heaven is like because Heaven is only Heaven because God is there. And home is only home because YOU are there.
Dearest mother, you are not wasting your life when you are in your home and available for your children. You show to them a God-like character which brings great stability to their lives.
Be blessed today,
Painting: Jessie Wilcox Smith (1863 – 1935, American).