I was rebuked by the BBC news this morning. There was an item on how dog owners don't update the information with their dog's microchip provider when they move house. Well it's on my to do list, right beside "ring my mother" and "clear out the garage"...
Apparently your dog could be in danger of disorientation when you move. He could set off towards "home" seeking to return to the place where he belongs. (Jasper has never shown any interest in moving away from the source of his last meal!)
We do have a sense of belonging. God created us to live in a physical space. He put the first people into a garden, Eden. It was Adam and Eve's home. The place where they enjoyed relationship with each God and each other. And that's why relationships are key to feeling at home. It's not just the beauty of the landscape or the convenience of the shops. It's the place where we have enjoyed he love of others and loved in return.
The Bible says that heaven is the home of Christians. They are its citizens. Though we will can feel "at home" in this life, there is a longing for something better. For a place where our relationship with God through Jesus will be a more intimate and our relationships with each other will be more joyful and the pains and aches of our earthly home will be a thing of the past.
The great news is that God has chipped us to guarantee that we will be taken home.
"When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession..." (Ephesians 1:13-14)
However weak you feel today. However much life is a struggle. However much you're finding it difficult to keep going. If you know Jesus, God has set his Spirit in your heart and He is taking you home.