by Linda Veath Cox

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. And trust in Me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you to be with me so that you may be where I am. ~ John 14:1-3 NCV

I stepped back to admire my work. Just a little more tweaking and the silk flower arrangement would be perfect—well, as perfect as anything I do can be. But it would definitely make the room more “me.”

And that brought a smile to my face as I remembered my pastor’s message at Daddy’s memorial service:

“Our Lord has the words of eternal life that He—and He alone—

[is] our way, our truth, and our life. Our open door to the Father. To a place prepared for us. Rooms prepared for us. Just right for us. We imagine what would be the place and the room prepared just right for Bud [my father]. Let your imaginations imagine. The Lord will do better than that. So absolutely right. So totally Bud ….”

When I heard those words at the memorial service, a picture of a room sparkling brilliantly in red, white, and blue—Daddy’s room in heaven—flashed before my eyes. It was so totally my dad!

It’s fun, even comforting, to imagine—in our limited human perspective—what our rooms in heaven could be like. Of course, we also have to admit we won’t know that until we get there. Except, that our rooms will be perfect for us. They will be totally us. Because they are being prepared by Jesus Christ, our Savior.

On the night Jesus was betrayed, He told His disciples that He was going to “His Father’s house” so He could prepare a place for them. And when their places were ready, He would come back to take them to be with Him.

Amazingly, those words are for us too! Not only is He preparing our special room, He will come back to take us there to be with Him forever.

And when we arrive, Jesus will open the door to our special room in HIS house and say “Welcome home, My child. I prepared this just for you.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!