A Room of Our Own

Read: John 14:1-7

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? (v. 2)

Our new house had more rooms than we needed at first, but shortly after we moved in, I learned that I was pregnant. “The corner one,” I said to my husband when he asked which room would be the baby’s. The next months were spent preparing the nursery. Every piece of furniture, plush toy, and swaddle was lovingly picked just for her. It was a time of great excitement and anticipation. I couldn’t wait for the day when I would finally meet her face-to-face and bring her home from the hospital.

My experience of preparing a room for my daughter points to the Father’s still deeper love for us, his children. He longs for us to be “born again” (John 3:3) and follow Christ, who, as this passage tells us, is our way home. And when we finally arrive, we will find a room of our own, lovingly prepared just for us.

Love for our children is one of the ways that God helps us understand his deep, down-to-the-bones love for us. How often do we say that we would give our lives to save our kids? Our heavenly Father has already done that. Now he waits for us with excitement and anticipation. He looks forward to the day when he can meet us face-to-face and bring us home. —Elise Johnson

As you pray, ask God to help you understand how deeply he loves you.

About the Author

Elise Johnson is a creative writer and professional communications consultant living in Toronto, Canada with her husband Andrew, an Anglican priest, and her daughter Beatrice. Her writing explores life as a new mom, being a minister’s wife, and more.