There are two ways to get home and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place.–G.K. Chesterton
When you Google the word “home,” one of the definitions is:
“a place where something flourishes, is most typically found, or from which it originates.”
What is home for you?
It might be your actual hometown, or the house you grew up in. It might be the people who know you best—whether biological family or chosen family. It might be your favorite outdoor location, like a park or the mountains or ocean. What picture of home comes to mind for you?
This quote resonates deeply with me because I moved back to my hometown this year, after 8.5 years out of state. Not one to select option 1 — stay home — I was off to explore the world (or at least, Southern California 😎).
While I was there, I learned a ton about the world and people and myself and God. I got to travel to other bucket list places like Nashville, Denver, New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Boise, and Portland. I met people who are changing the world through their work. I made incredible friends who are still a huge part of my life.
There were lots of wonderful things about that season. But about this time last year, God told me some changes were coming. I didn’t know what kind, and I wasn’t sure I was even hearing God or if I was just making things up, so I prayed and thought a LOT for a few weeks.
But the prompting to consider moving home only grew stronger. I knew it was God telling me the next step in His plan for my life, because the feeling in my heart was the same one that had prompted me to do seemingly crazy things in the past … things that He totally worked out and I never could have.
So I started packing. I notified everyone I knew and spent as much time as I could with my people. In less than two months, I was home and starting a brand-new chapter. It was a chapter I never expected, because I never thought I’d come back to my hometown. But I’ve learned that, as Bob Goff says, when God invites you on an adventure, it’s always good to say yes, because it’ll be better than anything you could have imagined or planned without Him.
And this year has been. Oh my, it’s been one of the hardest years of my life for a bunch of reasons. But it’s been a beautiful journey that proves how much God loves me. He loves every one of us, including you. I feel like I have walked “round the whole world” to come back home—the place I originated, and to a season that is flourishing.
As you reflect on your 2019, I’d love to hear what you’re thinking! What’s your home?