DayBreaks for 9/10/15: Waiting for Our Room
From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:
“At the walk-in clinic I approached the reception area. With nobody ahead of me, the medical technician at the front desk listened immediately as I explained I was there to have my purple ankle looked at. (It had been injured 5 days earlier in a racing incident at the speedway.) After taking my name and my personal information, the lady looked at me and said, ‘As soon as I have a room, I will call you by name.’
“As I limped to sit alone in the waiting area, those words echoed in my mind with a reverberation of eternal dimension. ‘As soon as I have a room, I will call you by name.’ It’s what all of us who are waiting for Jesus to come back have been told. He said to his disciples, ‘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. 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.’ (John 14:2&3) This is the hope of all who have put their trust in Jesus alone. In the pain of this life and the sorrow of this world we are waiting for Jesus to come back for us. When our place is ready, He will come for us and (in the twinkling of an eye) finish making us ready for His place.
“But make no mistake! We are not waiting alone. Later in John 14, right after telling His disciples that He was leaving, Jesus promised that they (and we) would not be left alone. In our Saviour’s place, the Holy Spirit would be given to wait along with us. While we wait (a waiting that is not sitting around doing nothing) God’s Spirit lives in us and teaches us about sin, righteousness, and gives us all what Jesus wants us to have from Him. Even while we are still broken, God has an incredible and blessed life for us to live.
“In a world that many see void of God, God calls us to live a life full of Him – while we are waiting for our room.” – Pastor Tim Davis, Copyright 2005
GALEN’S THOUGHTS: I’ve traveled quite a lot with some of my past employment. I know well the feeling of being bone-weary and bleary-eyed. Sometimes, when I was really fortunate, I may have arrived a bit early for check-in. When I would ask if the room was ready yet, there was a part of me that held my breath, hoping against hope, that I could get to the room, kick off my shoes, buy a Dr. Pepper and start downloading my work email. Sometimes the room was ready – but there were times when it wasn’t, and I had to wait.
Oh, waiting. It can be incredibly hard. Waiting is a pox! Yet, waiting is also something that produces character in us. It’s like they said about suffering and tragedy: they don’t really produce character in you, but they reveal the character that is in you. Waiting does that, too. It shows what we’re made of. And the fact that we may long for heaven for the “room” to be finished so we can be invited in may seem grievous, it is also a sign of what kind of character we have and a measure of our faith. Do you long for your “room” to be finished so you can move in?
The time is coming when the room will be ready for you. Will you be ready for it?
PRAYER: Prepare us, Jesus! Help us bide our time here in preparation for eternity! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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