We arrived at Reagan National close to nine at night. Our dog, Rosie, was at my parents’ house, so we drove to Southern Maryland for the night. After a hearty breakfast of eggs, scrapple (my favorite), and Mom’s homemade coffee cake, we headed home as the sun was climbing into the sky. The night felt short, and a part of me welcomed the two-hour drive because I wasn’t quite ready to face the day, but another part of me just wanted to close my eyes and open them again once we in our driveway–not due to sleepiness but restlessness. We crossed the Chesapeake Bay and drove toward home. The closer we got, the more excited Rosie got, and I knew how she felt.
It’s the same sentiment I’ve heard our youngest express all semester, her first away from home. We all know the quote…
There’s no place like home.
Traveling is wonderful. Spending time at a second home is relaxing and often needed. seeing the world or reclaiming a small piece of it that we enjoy is fulfilling. Coming home again is, as they say, priceless.
Isn’t it wonderful to go to sleep and wake up in your own bed? Isn’t it nice to have your full wardrobe at your fingertips (even if it’s just that old worn-out pair of pajamas)? Isn’t it soothing to know where everything is, to be able to turn on your own tv while sitting on your own couch? Isn’t it comforting to look out at your own backyard at twilight or just after dawn?
I was thinking about this as I lay in bed this morning, content and happy. If we feel this good about returning home from a vacation or a business trip or even a weekend getaway, can you imagine how it must feel when we step into the radiance of our forever home?
There’s a song by Carrie Underwood that says,
“This is my temporary Home
It’s not where I belong
Windows in rooms that I’m passin’ through
This was just a stop, on the way to where I’m going
I’m not afraid because I know this was
My temporary home.”
We’re all just passin’ through. This life is a stop on the journey. This house that I love so much, in this sleepy little fishing village in Maryland, these things that I surround myself with–they are all temporary, a temporary home, town, and possessions.
Someday, my journey will end. I will walk a new path to a new home. I will cross that great divide with my eyes on a more beautiful landscape than my mind can ever conjure. I will bask in the glorious light of my forever home. And I will not be afraid, for I know that this house, this life, the here and now, are my temporary home.
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Amy Schisler is an award-winning author of both children’s books and sweet, faith-filled romance novels for readers of all ages. She lives with her husband and three daughters on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her books, Picture Me, Whispering Vines, and Island of Miracles are all recipients of Illumination Awards, placing them among the top inspirational fiction books of 2015, 2016, and 2017. Whispering Vines was awarded the 2017 LYRA Award for the best romance of 2016. Island of Miracles has outsold all of Amy’s other books worldwide and ranked as high as 600 on Amazon. Her follow up, Island of Promise is a reader favorite. Amy’s children’s book is The Greatest Gift. The suspense novel, Summer’s Squall, and all of Amy’s books, can be found online and in stores. Her latest novel, Island of Promise, was recently awarded First Prize by the Oklahoma Romance Writer’s Association as the best Inspirational Romance of 2018 and was awarded a Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2019 for Inspirational Fiction. It is the 2019 winner for Best Inspirational Fiction in the RWA Golden Quill Contest, Best Romance in the American Book Awards, and a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award of Fiction. Amy’s 2019 work, The Devil’s Fortune, is based, in part, on her family history and is garnering many five star reviews.
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Amy’s books: Crabbing With Granddad (2013), A Place to Call Home (2014), Picture Me (2015), Whispering Vines (2016), Island of Miracles (2017), Stations of the Cross Meditations for Moms (2017), The Greatest Gift (2017), Summer’s Squall (2017), Island of Promise (2018), The Devil’s Fortune (2019), Island of Hope (2019).