“And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”—Isaiah 9:6
What does your dream home look like? I think it’s a fascinating question to ask women because we have so many different answers. Some want sleek and modern, some want a small farmhouse with acreage, some want a charming Victorian, but almost everybody has an idea of what they’d choose if money were no object. Still, although the homes we dream of may look as different as we do, the heart of what we want them to be is pretty consistent across the board—warm places where loved ones are together, laughing and happy, peaceful and secure. There’s good food and good company, lots of fun and conversation. It’s a beautiful picture.
The problem is that sometimes it’s an image we can’t seem to turn into reality. We can spend lots of money in an attempt to create those enticing scenarios, but eventually our homes seem too small or too big, too clean or too dirty, too worn or too new, and they just don’t fit the image we have in our heads. Sometimes the house itself can seem perfect, but what goes on inside of it falls woefully short of the ideal; it can feel tense and cold, unfriendly and unsafe, empty and lonely. Inside a beautiful house, we can still long for peace and comfort.
I think a closer look at the Hebrew word shalom, however, can help us solve this discrepancy between what we long for and what we live in. The definition of shalom is commonly given as “peace.” But I’ve learned it’s really a multi-faceted word encompassing much more than that. It comes from a Hebrew root word that also means (among other things) “friendliness,” “welcome,” “safety,” “security,” “perfection,” and “wholeness.”
The idea of shalom has connected to it all the wonderful things that we associate with our English word “home.” And what I really love is that in Isaiah 9:6, the prophesied Messiah (whom we know as Jesus) is called the Prince of Peace, or the Prince of Shalom. That makes him the “home” that we’ve all been looking for. In him we can find peace and friendliness, welcome and safety, perfection and wholeness; in him we can truly come home.
So if your home isn’t all you wish it could be, or even if it is, remember that your dream home isn’t in a house, it is really in Jesus; he is the only one who can fulfill everything that you long for, the one who can make your dreams come true.
By Laurie K. Schuett
Excerpt from our devotional book “Big Dreams from Small Spaces”.