Feeling homesick is common, especially when we're away from our families. It's easy to experience a longing for the familiar sights and sounds of our childhood homes and the comfort of being around loved ones. This feeling can be even more intense for adults when they are parents themselves. However, as Christians, we are blessed to find solace and guidance in the Holy Scriptures. In this post, we will explore what the Bible says about how adults with children should handle homesickness for their parents.
1. Pray for Peace
In Philippians 4:6-7, we are reminded to "be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." When feelings of homesickness arise, we should turn to God in prayer and ask for His peace to comfort us and calm our anxieties. He is always faithful, and His peace can fill our hearts and minds.
2. Trust in God's Plan
Proverbs 16:9 tells us that "the heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." We can take comfort in the knowledge that God is in control and has a plan for our lives. Even when we feel homesick, we can trust that His plan is perfect and will ultimately lead us to where we need to be. We can rest in the assurance that His plans for our lives are more significant than any earthly comfort or sense of familiarity.
3. Find Community
1 Corinthians 12:27 says, "Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it." As part of the body of Christ, we are never truly alone. When we feel homesick, we can find comfort in the love and support of our Christian community. By opening up to others and sharing our struggles, we can gain wisdom from those who have walked this path before us. Finding fellowship in a church and small groups can help us feel connected and supported, even when away from home.
4. Create New Memories
Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us that "for everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." When we're feeling homesick, it's easy to dwell on the past and the memories we once had. Instead, we should focus on creating new memories with our families and loved ones. Exploring new places, trying new things, and making the most of our time where we are can help us build new connections and joy-filled moments that we can treasure and look back on fondly.
5. Dwell on Truth
John 14:27 reminds us that Jesus has left His peace with us and that peace is unlike anything the world can offer. When homesick, we must take our thoughts captive to what is true. Rather than focusing on what we don't have or miss from home, we should dwell on the truth that God is with us and His peace is available. The Holy Spirit can help us discern truth from lies and focus on the blessings we have right in front of us.
When feeling homesick for our parents as adults with children, we must recognize that it is a normal emotion, but it doesn't have to control us. We can pray to God, trusting in His plan for our lives, find community, create new memories, and dwell on the truth that God is with us. By doing so, our hearts and minds will be filled with His peace and comfort, allowing us to enjoy the present and trust that the future is in His hands.