Come To Me #1
"The oak beams of the ceiling lay low, and although the room was small and cosy it felt spacious and expansive. If you make your way along the beams with your eyes you can see the intricate design of a string of flowers weaving its way around the smooth wood and then dropping down onto a fire place which is alive with its vivacious colours and indulgent warmth. I perch on an armchair, exquisite in its design and covered with soft blankets, but I am afraid of interrupting the peaceful silence in the room. It feels familiar, but I know I haven't been here for a while. It is then that I hear a faint knock at the door.
I open it slowly and unsurely, feeling weak and fragile as my heart beats faster and my hands begin to shake. In a swift moment, fear starts to crash around within me and I am alarmed by the thoughts in my head which lead to danger. Scared to look up, I see only his blood-covered hands, but there is an incongruous aroma of the most beautiful incense rising from his bare feet. As I raise my chin hesitantly to look at my guest, I realise that he is not here to harm me, but here to heal me. For at my door is Jesus. ‘May I come in?’ He says."
Questions to discuss or journal:
1. What do you imagine when you think of ‘home’? Is it a place of fear or a place of rest?
2. Have you ever considered that ‘home’ could be about people, and not place? Who would you choose to be in your home?
3. What would you say to Jesus if he arrived at your front door?
4. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” What does this mean? It’s an invitation to find our home in Him: a place where love flows through our veins, where peace fills the fragments of our heart, and where we can be refreshed with hope in our unfailing God. Do you long for this? Are you searching for a place such as this? Do you even believe it could exist?
5. Take a few minutes to design your own place (on paper, in your head…). Make it yours by imagining it just how you want it. Then, allow Jesus to make a home. How? Let him in.
6. How can you get into a routine of visiting your home before the day is over? We should all have the intention of staying there, but if you visit somewhere else by mistake, there is always grace which brings you back home.