By emily n. estes
There’s a path home my memory has rooted to it’s core. No matter which direction I travel, I can discern whether home is North, East, South, or West of where I stand. I know when I’m far away and I know when I am not far from home. There is something that stirs in me when, after all these years away from the place I remember as my life’s beginning, I am not far from home.
home | hōm | noun
- the dwelling place.
Just as there are mile markers and landmarks for our earthly perspective of home, God creates the same for the home we are journeying towards – our ultimate dwelling place. The Equip Her ministry is one of the mile markers God brought into my life to help me know I am not far from home. This ministry and the relationships that have developed and grown because of it has grounded me in many ways:
- He has introduced His disciples, those we find in the Bible and women who He has chosen to share His voice and hope and truth through
- He has created community and fellowship among women that has shown how He loves and cares through the hands and feet of others
- He has offered opportunity to share stories with one another and help us know that we are not alone – that so many others often relate to the joys and sorrows we experience in life
- He has brought emotion to the surface that has hidden behind layers of masks – He has brought me back to LIFE through laughter and tears that were just waiting to be expressed
- He has removed shackles that I never dreamed of letting go by reminding me that He can see me – just as I was, just as I am, and just as I will be
- He has given me a key to knowing Him more fully – a key that will only open to the relationship He and I can share in
- He has danced with me . . . and that is a story in and of itself for another day.
God is home. He stirs in me words of His truth – always reminding me that I am not far from home.
God invites us to come out of hiding to be fully seen, fully known. If He feels distant to you, I invite you to listen to Out of Hiding by Steffany Gretzinger. Be encouraged that you can never stray too far from home.
One Reply to “Not Far from Home”
This is beautiful, Emily, well done, and so encouraging.