Are You Homesick?

Lester & Doris - hands

Loving, dedicated, entwined hands of Lester and Doris Waddle, a couple we have known for almost forty years. This photo was taken when she was in the hospital.

J. Robertson McQuilken gave a touching message about love and commitment when he resigned as president of Columbia International University to care for his wife who had Alzheimer’s. The message is available on YouTube if you care to hear it. I recently read a quote by Dr. McQuilken which expresses so well what happens to most of us in our latter years.

“I think God has planned the strength and beauty of youth to be physical. But the strength and beauty of old age is spiritual. We gradually lose the strength and beauty that is temporary so we’ll be sure to concentrate on the strength and beauty that is forever. And so we’ll be eager to leave the temporary, deteriorating part of us and be truly homesick for our eternal home. If we stayed young and strong and beautiful, we might never want to leave.”

Some call it mellowing. I think the truth is that we begin to see more clearly. We see the world as it really is: a place God never intended for us to stay. He created us as timeless, eternal beings, and yet we live in a world that is marked and controlled by time.

As we age, we realize our time here is short. We want to right all wrongs, cut away the fluff and pretense of everything, and get down to what really matters. And what matters is the eternal – our spiritual life.

A hymn I’ve always loved is Beulah Land.  The term Beulah literally means married. It refers to Christ and his bride the Church, and refers to the place where we will live eternally with Him. The lyrics reiterate what McQuilken was saying: As the world deteriorates around us, we are ever more homesick for that time and place:

I’m kind of homesick for a country
To which I’ve never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
For time won’t matter anymore.

I’m looking now across the river
Where my faith will end in sight.
There’s just a few more days to labor.
Then I will take my heavenly flight.

Beulah Land, I’m longing for you
And some day on thee I’ll stand.
There my home shall be eternal.
Beulah Land — Sweet Beulah Land.

When this will happen is unknown. We just have to be ready to go in the twinkling of an eye. We may lose our strength and beauty here, but we will bask in His power and beauty forever. Are you ready to meet Him? It could be today!


About jpinok3

I'm a writer, happily-married wife, Mom, and Mimi, and I love learning new things. I enjoy reading, writing, surfing the web, photography, antiques, genealogy, OKC Thunder Basketball, OU Football, and spending time with my family and friends. I'm semi-retired, working from home as a freelance writer. I've published a biography called "Living by Faith - The Life and Times of Cecil and Norma Combs," which is available through Xulon Press, and Lifeway Christian stores. If you would like a signed copy, please contact me directly at My family is the focus of my life! I've been married to the same great guy since 1965. We have two daughters and a son, a wonderful daughter-in-law, son-in-law, and seven grandchildren who are the loves of my life. My family is a blessing from God, and I cherish them above all. I'm a conservative Christian. I believe passionately in the right to life and the traditional family as the basic structure of society. I believe in limited government that serves, but does not control the people. My husband Jim serves as associate pastor of ONE Church in Moore, OK.
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