Can you believe it is the middle of February already? Our family has been busy settling into a good routine. We are so thankful for all of your prayers! We’ve been in our house for almost one month now. As we’ve gotten settled, God placed a special message on my heart this past week. How do we have peace when our hearts are homesick?
There is hope within the breaking
Of the heart of every seed
And I know you feel the aching
At the end of all good things
I believe in restoration
I believe that You redeem
Cause I know somehow the sycamore will bloom again in Spring
You Keep Your Promises
– JJ Heller
As our family moves through settling into a routine something has crept into our hearts. I know Jason and I have felt it because we’ve talked about it. However, I think I’m seeing signs of it in my children as well. We knew this would happen, but it doesn’t lessen the ache. Since we have settled into a routine, homesickness as settled into our hearts. We miss the familiar. It would be easy to park our hearts here and let the enemy use this time of homesickness to cause us to doubt our place here.
Each time I have prayed about the homesickness, a sense of peace washes over me. It is a crazy but also it makes sense. We know without a shadow of a doubt God has called us here, so there is a deep peace about being in Honduras. The ways He prepared us, opened the doors, and provided the funds all remind us of His plan. In turning to God we have both found peace. It doesn’t mean we don’t have doubts….it means that in the doubts God reminds us again and again of His plan and purpose.
Our homesickness might linger for a long time, but God’s faithful loving heart will endure. The peace Jason and I feel is not found in ourselves, but in God’s promises. We can hope in God’s promises even when we don’t see them right away. God keeps His promises and we might not see how He will do it – but He will come through for us.
God keeps His promises, and that’s why I love the song by JJ Heller called “You Keep Your Promises.” (See below for the lyric video). There is hope. In loneliness, despair, grief, winter, anxiety, and fear we have the hope in God. This is not just a sentiment – it is truth. the Bible reminds us again and again God brings new life. From Genesis to Revelation we see God making new out of nothing and redeeming the lost through salvation in Jesus Christ.
God will not forget. Those who seek Him will never be disappointed. Because God has been with us through the past fifteen years as a couple, Jason and I are certain God will keep showing up for us. He will keep what he promised. There is hope in the waiting.
So we stay in the Word. We listen to the truth in songs. We keep showing up in our life right now. In the middle of laundry, mopping, washing dishes by hand, and cooking meals on a tiny stove, God keeps His promises and that’s how we have peace in our homesickness.