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Thursday, March 19, 2009

There Are Many Rooms In My Father's House

Isn't it thrilling when someone tells you that they are going to have a baby? Or the experience of having one yourself and the joy and preparation that goes into this amazing event. I am just as encouraged when a friend or loved one shares of their ability to adopt a child. Regardless of the way a child is brought into the lives of a family, it is an amazing event and one to be excited about.

One of the most joyous parts of bringing a child into the family is the preparation. There is so much involved to this that it takes almost as many months to prepare for the child as it does to nurture and develop the new child in the comfort of the mother's womb. I think for me, one of the most exciting parts to preparing for a new child is the readying of the child's room. Preparing a room. Webster's defines it as: to provide or to procure as suitable. But I believe in the case of preparing a room for a new child is far greater than to just make a suitable place for them to come home to.

We go to the local home center and look for the perfect paint colors. We register at Target and make sure to include all of the things we feel will make this place we are preparing the perfect fit for our new loved one to feel comfort and love. We even create a theme by decorating it with Winnie The Pooh or Little Mermaid or even Spongebob Square Pants... Whatever the case, it is made especially for the one we love because we are wanting the very best for our new child.

God is doing the same thing for us. He is preparing a place for me and you to be with Him for eternity in heaven and He isn't doing it on the cheap either. Jesus tells us in John chapter 14 that there are many rooms in God's house and He is preparing a place for us. It isn't going to be like a Motel 6 where once we get there someone will check us in and then we carry all of our baggage up to some generic room with a tv that is missing the remote, an old dusty chair in the corner, and a hard bed that has been slept in 17,000 times by who knows who.

No, on the contrary. It is going to be a perfect fit. Revelation gives us a human glimpse into Heaven in this way: Rev 21:21-23 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

Jesus is making a place for me and you in Heaven and it is going to be a splendid sight indeed. Joh 14:1-4 "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going." (esv)

He is preparing it Himself. Imagine for just a moment how wonderful that is going to be. If we, being sinful and corrupt, can prepare a nice room for our children to dwell in for their time here with us, then imagine what the perfect one can do in His preparation of our eternal dwelling place.

Thank you God for your promise of Salvation and your unquenchable grace. You have told me that you are preparing a place for me in Heaven and I am so ready to see it...

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