My Dad has just gone back home after a two-week visit. When he comes he always brings me boxes of Jaffa Cakes – small circles of sponge topped with a zingy orange jelly and dipped in dark chocolate. Each one is to be savoured and enjoyed. There are ‘fake’ Jaffa Cakes available in the South Africa, but the orange jelly is just not zingy enough so a real Jaffa Cake is a big treat. For me Jaffa Cakes are a small taste of home and a can be a comfort when I’m feeling home sick. It doesn’t happen very often but sometimes South Africa feels so strange and it can be tiresome being the strange foreign one.
Peter urges us that as Christians we also are not a home in this world:
1 Peter 2:11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
2 Peter 3:13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
So what do we do when we are homesick for heaven? When the strangeness of this world – pain, death, injustice and unfairness becomes too much? It is not like we can take a holiday to heaven to recharge our batteries. God says to take refuge in him and his word:
Psalms 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Psalms 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Thank you Lord that through your word I can have a taste of home-heaven, even when the world feels strange and I feel homesick for your presence and goodness.