A Big House

big house

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.
“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (John 14:1-5)

Read: Isaiah 37:1 – 38:22, Galatians 6:1-18, Psalm 65:1-13, Proverbs 23:24

Relate: At the beginning of that classic story, The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, four children are sent away from London to a country estate to protect them from the ravages of World War 2. They take refuge in the huge home of Professor Digory. For days on end these four children go exploring outside in fair weather and exploring inside this mansion when the weather is foul. It is during one of those rainy days, playing hide and seek inside this huge house that Lucy finds herself going into a wardrobe. That wardrobe opens up into an entire new world and the book’s adventures ensue.

I remember as a kid wondering what it would be like to explore a house like that. My dad grew up on a farm and my grandma still lived on the same property during my formative years. That property had old, abandoned barns and silos as well as plenty of woods and sand dunes where my cousins and I built forts and cities. The house itself was incredibly small. My dad was the youngest of eight children but grew up in a house that had only three bedrooms. There was one room for the boys, one for the girls, and one for the parents. Although our house was slightly bigger, I also was raised in a family with eight children but small home. Having a huge house with plenty of space for exploring and adventures… that sounds like heaven to me.

React: There really aren’t adequate words, analogies, or illustrations to describe heaven. Different people have different ideas of what heaven will be like. The descriptions in scripture are always qualified with “kind of like… sort of… similar to…” type descriptions. Even in this most divinely inspired of books, the writers seem to falter when trying to find words adequate for heaven.

I first read the Chronicles of Narnia in kindergarten. I first read scripture front to back in first grade. It is that young, mischief loving boy who first put Jesus words with CS Lewis’s for my favorite analogy of heaven. We will be escaping a beleaguered, war torn land to find ourselves in a magical place that holds plenty of opportunity for adventure and plenty of room for more people. Wouldn’t you like to join me there?

Respond: 

God, I can’t even begin to imagine how amazing heaven will be. I just know that I don’t deserve to go there and yet You have warmly invited me in. You have paid in Yourself the entrance fee and I don’t have the words to express my gratitude for this. Thank You, Jesus. I accept Your free, and yet incredibly costly gift. I eagerly await the day when I can finally go home to Your big, big house.

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