We were greeted safely home on Sunday morning about 11:15am by the newest member of our family -- washing machine #4 and have been using him ever since! We thankfully had a pretty uneventful trip back so thank you for all of your prayers on our behalf. We are settling back into life here, though neither of us slept well last night, so we'll chalk that up to jet lag. Let's hope tonight brings more sleep!
Before we left we had suspicions that Aberdeen was becoming more and more like HOME. Arriving back brought confirmation that it indeed is :) It was sooo good to be away, but as is usually the case, it is always nice to be "home." It's nice that things here feel so familiar (even if they are still somewhat strange or unusual to our way of thinking at times). I concluded that leaving NC this time was much less traumatic and tearful because I knew what I was coming to, knew we had a place to live, knew I had a job, knew I had food to eat, etc, etc, etc. That was a very nice thing!
And yet despite now feeling like we have two homes, two countries (3 including Cayman!) that feel familiar, I was reminded yesterday as I read Hebrews 11 and studied about Abraham and others of faith to remember that neither the US (or Cayman) or Scotland is truly our home:
"And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country -- a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them." (Heb. 11:13-16)
May we always long for heaven and God more than we long to be in one home/country or another.