There is a house in our neighborhood that is no longer a home. It has been sold, the previous owners are gone and no one has yet moved in to once again make it a home. It looks sad. There are no curtains or blinds and the grass needs mowed. The dark empty windows stare at us when we drive by like some orphaned child begging to be adopted. I feel like stopping and standing in the yard and singing, “The sun will come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun.” The house needs an Annie and Sandy.
According to Revelation chapter 12, God lost one third of His angels in a moral conflict with Lucifer. That left such a vacancy. Chairs in the throne room and homes in heaven’s neighborhoods (if angels have chairs and homes) are empty just waiting for someone to once again fill them with life and laughter. The windows are dark and stare out longingly for someone to come.
In John 14 Jesus told us there are many homes in His Father’s kingdom and He has gone to prepare them for us. Name plates are being fixed to the doors. Redecorating is underway. Rooms are being painted our favorite colors, gardens are being planted with our favorite flowers, kitchen shelves are being stocked with our favorite foods, shelves are being filled with our favorite books, beds are being made for our favorite pets. Anything and everything needed to fulfill all our dreams are being made ready. He knows us so well nothing will be missing. He promised, “I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place, I will come again to receive you unto myself.” How grand.
Written by Roger Bothwell on July 30, 2014
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