Home from Home

by Sophie Bolton

Having two homes is a common symptom of young adults. I’ve been living away from the home I grew up in for 5 years now, but I still call it home. I also call my house in Durham home. I have two homes.

When we first arrive in a new place, it can be unsettling. We’ve been uprooted from what was familiar and secure for us and find ourselves in a new place, with new people, new weather, new foods and new accents. Maybe this is you right now. Maybe you’ve recently arrived in your new university town, your new home for the next 3 or 4 years.

Perhaps you’ve hit the ground running and you’re thriving off meeting new people, finding your way around a new town and are quickly settling into a new routine at the self-service breakfast.

Or perhaps it feels like you’ve missed a step, like you’re still getting in sync with the new rhythms of life and you’re missing your previous breakfast routine.

Both of these reactions to the massive life change you’ve just experienced are completely valid. If you’re still struggling to find your niche – that’s ok! There are many more weeks to make friends – in fact, many people find that the people they end up sharing the next 3 years with are not the people they met on their corridor in the first few weeks. Give yourself a chance.

As you transition into your new life as a student, as you experience all the highs and lows, as you inevitably start to call your college ‘home’ and develop a fierce loyalty for it, remember that amidst all this change, God is constant.

God has promised to go before you and be with you he has promised to strengthen you and help you. He is your rock, your refuge, your light and your salvation. And I am convinced that nothing, not even moving to a new city, will ever separate us from the love of Christ.

So as you settle into your new life, remember that God is your firm foundation. In a time where everything is changing and things are uncertain, God is unchanging. When you’re missing home, and the people you’ve left, turn to your loving Father and run into his arms as he welcomes you home.