With a lollipop bouncing from his lips, four-year-old Rory skipped to Grandma Linda’s house. It would be the first time he met his neighbor and saw her house.
“Grandma Linda!” he cried as he knocked on the door. “Grandma Linda! Julie and I are here to see you!” The boy’s shaggy hair just touched the doorknob as he pushed open the back door and granddaughter Julie tumbled in behind him.
He scanned the kitchen with awe noticing the spacious room with table and chairs enough for family and neighbors plus plenty of frosted cake in the middle of the table.
“Grandma Linda! Your house…so big!” Rory breathed.
He stepped into the living room with astonishment. “Your house…so clean!”
Grandma Linda doubled over with laughter at that. She generally thought of her house only in terms of clutter and dust and how much damage control to handle before the next batch of family and friends came over. It had been a constant battle.
Yet Rory thought of Grandma Linda’s as a great place. Think of God’s Big House. So big! So clean! No one there has to cope with clutter, dust, dirt, organization, or keeping God’s house spotlessly clean.
From the very words of Jesus come this comforting picture, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would not have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” [John 14:1-2].
The place that God is preparing for you is one of honor and free of dust—coming to you by faithfully serving him in words and actions.
So big! So clean! What could be better than a such a home prepared for you in Heaven?
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com and her speaking engagements. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, http://www.button-to-god.com.]