In doing all of this our family has had to move our furniture out, into storage, and back into the new home with the help of some wonderful church members and friends. We’ve been spending the majority of the time in the church building and sleeping in a fifth-wheel camper a church member graciously let us borrow here on the property.
While this transition is taking place several other things are happening as well in our lives and church. Our boys started school, the church services go on as scheduled, we even have revival services coming up. None of those things can be slowed or stopped so we carry on as we should. Still, though, it’s been hard to get into a daily rhythm. Things that used to be done promptly are now taking a bit longer because of our living situation.
During this period I’ve often thought about how nice it will to have a home once again. You must understand, we want for nothing in our current living arrangement. We are dry and safe from the elements, we have plenty of food to eat, and our daily needs are taken care of quite well. It still seems nice to think of having a home with all of our possessions in it like we’ve had in so many other places.
As I think this way, though, the Lord nearly always reminds me that this house, no matter how nice, will never truly be home for me. Why? Because as a Christian I have a far greater home prepared for me in what the Bible calls Heaven.
Jesus Christ tells His followers after a particularly low moment for some of them, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:1-2) It doesn’t matter our state of comfort here on this earth or whether we can afford the nicest or worst place in order to live. Someday we will live in mansions that the Lord Jesus Christ has prepared for us Himself! What a wonderful thought!
Whenever we get down about our “station” on this earth may we remember what a wonderful place heaven will be with the One who died for us, the Lord Jesus Christ!