Jesus says He’s gone to prepare a place for us (Jn. 14:2-3). Have you thought about what kind of place in heaven He’s preparing specifically for you?
Much to my mother’s chagrin, when I was a girl, I loved blue jeans and climbing trees. I’d shimmy up the trunk of a tall pine the neighborhood boy couldn’t reach without standing on his bicycle. My trees were forts, castles in the clouds, and hot houses for daydreaming.
My arms and legs no longer scale trees or swing from branches. But I still feel the magic when I peek through leafy limbs.
Our kitchen sits over our garage. The Crepe Myrtle growing beside our garage doors spreads its lovely branches in front of a bank of casement windows. When I look out from my kitchen table, my heart smiles. I’m living in a heated and air-conditioned tree house.
I wasn’t thinking about how much I enjoyed the view from trees when we picked out our house plan or when we planted the Crepe Myrtle. But God remembered.
Our round kitchen table, which doubles as my workstation, reminds me of happy times around my grandmother’s kitchen table. Max, my brilliant standard poodle, ties me to Pepper, another lost treasure from my childhood.
Jesus said, “There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (John 14:2-3 NLT).
When I recognized how God had restored these long-lost pleasures in my earthly dwelling I got excited. How much more will my heavenly home be filled with special touches that show God’s intimate knowledge of me? What deeper joys await us in heaven?
Seeing how God delights in providing the desires of our heart not only helps us face our own death, but also softens the grief we feel when we lose a loved one.
When our daughter graduated from university she wanted to live in French-speaking Switzerland. A mixture of emotions swirled inside of me when she secured her dream job. I rejoiced with her that her dream was coming true. But, after our final hugs, tears slipped out when she walked through airport security. I didn’t know when I’d see her again.
When we lose a loved one, we grieve. We know how much we’ll miss them. But when we remember they will be living the biggest dream of their lives, we can also rejoice for them.
Heaven will be better than all of our childhood daydreams combined. The landscape will beat any treetop view. And the air will be honeysuckle sweet. For the Bible has promised:
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2:9 NLT).
I share this in memory of my dear friend Susie Browne, who moved to heaven October 1, 2020.No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Cor. 2:9 (NLT) #Hope, #Heaven Click To Tweet
For more on how to lose the fear of death you might enjoy this devotional.
Or you may want to read “Good Grief.”