“East or west, home is the best!”
This popular rhyme is as old as ‘old’ itself. The truth in this saying is quite obvious. There is no place like home and there’s no place that’s supposed to be like home. However, going beyond the slogan and what is supposedly the truth, let’s face facts and check if these words really ring true for everybody. I bet it doesn’t!
Over time, I have observed that some people prefer other places to their homes – be it man, woman, old, or young. Some husbands would rather stay back at work or hit the bars/clubs than go home to their families after a hard day’s work. Certain wives would wish that they could just take a break from ‘home business’ and go seek solace someplace else. Some children would rather hang out at friends’ houses or stay back in school, just to play truancy at home.
One might wonder why this is so; and the answer is not far-fetched. The people who stay away from their homes have simply not found in those homes, the qualities that make a home a home! What then is a home? What makes up a home? In my reverie, here’s what I came up with:
H – Haven
O – Oasis
M – Meadow
E – Easel
A home is a haven; a place of rest, shelter, and protection. It is a place where members find safety both physically and emotionally.A home should not be a place of abuse of any kind. It is a shame that not many homes today can boast of being a haven. Domestic violence/abuse (physical, verbal, emotional and sexual) is a high rising characteristic of many homes today. Some wives, children, and even husbands don’t feel safe in their homes anymore.
An oasis is a fertile land in a desert. This, to me, connotes provision. A home is a place of provision, where members have their needs (whatever they are) met. But what do we have today? Spouses refuse to meet each other’s rightful needs, parents deny children their rights, and children refuse to do right by their parents. This ought not to be! Also, an oasis is a place that gives relief from a troubling or chaotic situation. In other words, when someone has a troubling situation, his/her home is where he should mostly find relief. Husbands/wives/children should always be eager to take situations ailing them home because they know that someone will be there to soothe them.
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.” Psalm 23:2a (KJV). The Message translation says, “You have bedded me down in lush meadows.” A meadow is used for grazing animals/domestic livestock. It is a place where there is adequate and enough provision. A home should represent a place of supplies for members’ needs. It also connotes rest and satisfaction. Individuals should feel pure bliss and experience satisfaction when in their homes.
Finally, a home is an easel; a place of support for its members. Why should people seek support
elsewhere when they have homes? It is also a frame for upholding values that are crucial to maintaining a sane society. The family, the home, which is the smallest unit of the society, should be a place where positive values are upheld.
Home is the best! May our homes be (and stay) as designed by God; and may we continue to experience long-lasting joy, peace, and satisfaction. Amen.
Jesus is LORD!