Friday, June 17, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Home

Oh boy. Today's FMF is going to be a challenge. How can you write on a topic like Home for only five minutes?

Let's give it a try and see what happens. Here goes.


"Home is where the heart is."

"There's no place like home."

"Welcome to my home."

All cliches about home. But what is home really?

Is it a place? Physical, snuggly, warm?

Is it a memory? All wrapped up in happy thoughts and a slightly abstract picture of reality?

Is it a longing? A feeling of not yet, but also not now?

I'm reading the book of Exodus right now, and I can see that Home is none of these things. Those poor Israelites, wandering, wandering, wandering toward home. Grumbling, complaining, questioning toward home. Wanting more. Looking back in abstract. Wishing for something else.

But the "something else" can not be attained here, now. The "not yet" hasn't arrived.

And so I grumble and complain my way through my days sometimes, with a feeling of uncertain longing for a Home I cannot see. Not yet. Not now.

Until Someone comes to guide me there.


Well now, that's certainly not how I thought this would go. And that's the fun of Five Minute Friday.

Thanks for joining me in my journey today. (And be sure to come back later because I have a new recipe to share with you. Woot!)

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  1. "This world is not my home, I'm just a'passing through; my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven's open door, and I can't feel at home in this world anymore."

    Did you grow up singing that song? It's what came to my mind the instant I read your post. :)

  2. This was beautifully written and well thought out. I never even considered the connection of "Home" and the Exodus. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Keep up the great writing!

  3. Lol...isn't it funny how sometimes we sit to do this five minute friday and the stuff that we end up with is nothing like we would have sat down and
    Love it,

  4. Oh, my gosh. You are writing what I am thinking! I laugh with a bit of guilt, because I have thought about those poor Israelites often of late, as I complain about little irritations in my life, and how those don't begin to compare with their difficulties.

    And I thought the same as you when I saw today's topic: how do I possibly write about home in just 5 minutes? Can I have at least 5 hours?

    Thanks for the smile and for the perspective.

  5. Shelly, even as I began reading it I didn't think that's where it was going to go. Home, as in where we live, even that has a sense of the now and not yet. It's such a good way that your mind meandered to the home we're headed to – and how your Bible reading guided that meandering. I hearted this. Thank you. We are sojourners here, and going home, where nothing good will be lost and everything bad will be gone. Amen. God bless you and each and every one of yours this day.

  6. "But the "something else" can not be attained here, now. The "not yet" hasn't arrived." And that requires trust!

    Thanks for this reminder!