In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. - Matthew 14:2 NIV
“It seems like I do a lot of preparing rooms,” I was saying to myself. It had been a very quiet day at home. Because of extreme cold, two activities had been cancelled, and staying inside was a pleasant surprise. Guests were due the next evening, so I dusted and vacuumed our daughter Amy’s bedroom that she and her husband occupied over the Christmas holidays with their kids across the hall. The mattress needed repositioning as grandchildren later had been using it as base for freeze tag. I carted out the crib our grandson Amos uses for naps to the other bedroom to clear the bigger room. Since I was working in that mode, I went to the basement bedroom and restored a white bedskirt to the single bed down there, recently vacated by a friend who had sojourned with us.
I also decided to surprise a son by washing his sheets and re-making his bed. Friends had passed on to him a king-size mattress attached to its springs. When I make that bed, I feel like I’d been through a wrestling match and am not sure I won!
So my tone was on the edge of complaint when I mentioned “preparing rooms.” But immediately the Lord’s words popped into my head! “In my Father’s house are many rooms. . . . I am going there to prepare a place for you.” The Lord is preparing a place for me! Preparing a room for me is not beneath Him—it was something He looked forward to doing for His best friends. Suddenly I felt in very good company. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” The reason we prepare for company is for the special time together that follows. It’s what friends do for each other. Thank you, Lord, that You have chosen to befriend me.
Cornerstone Community Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Kings 7:1-50