John 14:2 – In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? (NRSV)
Two years ago, I was hoping that I would not have to make another move in this life or look for a place to spend my late years and eventides. During these two years, I have been thankful for many blessings in my new apartment, within a walking distance to all necessary places: bank, food and drug store, library, doctor.
Just as I thought this to be it for the rest of my days here on this earth, the word has come that the building will be closed as seniors' housing. I am willing to accept that progress takes place, and seniors are to be placed elsewhere. It has stressed me out, but at the same time, not knowing what the future will bring, I know what the past has been and how the Lord my God has always provided for me.
I sing a song of joy and thanksgiving expecting good things to happen. There are good outcomes in everything. There is joy in all situations and gladness in the deep places. Countless times, I have moved from one place to another for one reason or another, and the journey continues. God must have a plan once more. I accept His plan for my best. I take it as a gift from God and a challenge to be lived.
Life has been long enough, I often say these days. I remember in the years gone by, trusting and obeying God, being delivered from sorrow and harm, from sickness and disappointment. Good God! Thank You for giving me the strength to go on. I sing a song of joy! I shout a word of thanksgiving! The Lord has sustained me all my years. His grace is new every morning, helping me to live all day in His grace and mercy. The countenance of the Lord is my shelter.
I am under the foundation of God's holy Word. I am loved and cared for. I am not worthy, but because of Jesus Christ, I have become worthy. Worthy is the Lamb of God, slain for a sinner like me, nailed on the cross and crucified! God did it out of His love so great that He died! But He rose again and is alive! Jesus comes to all who call upon His name. He enters our hearts and minds and spirits. He changes us and makes us new. He says, "Do not fear."
Jesus has gone to heaven to prepare a place for us. There are many rooms. There, we will never have to move away ever again. We can leave our luggage, never needing it again. It is a permanent place forever and evermore. We will not be evicted nor summoned to move away. No one is taking our place in heaven. We can dwell there freely forever. We do not have to pack our belongings ever again. We will have all we need forever in His presence.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for preparing for us our everlasting dwelling place in Your heaven. We wait to be in Your kingdom then as we are in it now! Come Lord Jesus! Amen!