"Let not your heart be troubled: you 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.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also. "
— Jesus, John 14:1-3 Addendum, 6/4/13 (My mom's first birthday in heaven.)
I was thinking about the above verse again, this morning, and about how it's so hard to picture heaven in our mind's eye. "In my Father's house are many mansions ... I go to prepare a place for you." In some ways, it is a comfort to imagine a home, lovingly prepared for each of us, according to our personal taste. (I am comforted to think of my mother in a cozy home filled with art and color and beauty, because she loved her home so very much and made it a magical place for all who went there.)
But there are times when the word "mansion," and even the more modern translation, "dwelling place" seems so ... generic. So unspecified. Distant. Unknown. And the unknown is often scary. What will heaven be like? What exactly is He preparing for me, and will I like it? As I was thinking about these things another verse popped into my mind:
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible ... all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Did you get that? The One who created this old earth, which despite everything, is still chock full of miraculous and awe-inspiring places, is the One who says, "I go to prepare a place for you." Just think of the powerful imagination it took to create the wonders that exist in our world. The colors alone are astounding. Then imagine what this world was like when it was new. It's tired, now - we've given it quite a beating. But the place Jesus has imagined into being for us? It's pristine, unspoiled, perfect. A place of wonders. A place where nothing and no one will ever fade away, not ever.
So I'm imagining, with Him. A new world, made perfect, forever. And when it's time - a personal escort to take me there. And now it doesn't seem so very far away, after all.