The word “home” has been on my mind a lot these past few weeks. What is home?
Home is a roof overhead. At least in the short term, “home” for us in Sydney is a rental house. To be honest I feel unsettled living in a rented property. The house is lovely, and I am so grateful for it, but making it feel like it’s ours is challenging. No repainting feature walls, or hanging pictures where ever I like, and certainly no demolition of any kind! What I can do though is surround us with familiarity. I can put familiar faces on the fridge, I can put familiar cushions on the couch, and I can bake familiar things in the oven. (Actually, I haven’t quite worked out my oven here yet…)
Home is where ever we’re together. Cliched, I know. It’s funny how true it is though when you relocate a family. There are things I miss about Brisbane, but I’m not “homesick” because we’re here together. At the end of the day, it’s the togetherness that matters most. And the things that I do miss aren’t things anyway – they are people. I have wonderful friends in Brissy, and around the world, who will still be my friends no matter how far apart we are. A big move gives you a real perspective shift.
Home is eternal. As a Christian, I also believe I have a forever-home in heaven and I need to remind myself that nothing here on earth is permanent. As I wrestle with the question of what home is, the unsettled feeling in my soul is probably good for me. My eyes should be fixed on something far greater than a nice house and a nice life.
So what is home for you? Home is…
PS – while I’m on the topic of home, you might notice that my blog-home has been given a makeover too! It’s a cleaner, simpler design that is mobile friendly. Hope you like. Cath x