We bought a house.
We had told ourselves “not another fixer upper. Move-in ready this time. We don’t need the grief.”
But, as with many good intentions, ours went down the tubes when a house came on the market that needs work but had great bones. So, we begin again, tearing out before we can make it ours.
Thankfully, it’s not as needy as the last home we bought, which required everything from beams and floors to walls and everything in the kitchen. Twenty years later, thanks to an incredibly resourceful husband, it was really cute.
This time around, we have good walls and a decent kitchen and bathrooms. There are some interesting hues on the walls, though. For example, the laundry room features deep purple walls and a bright yellow sink. Until my daughter-in-law helped me peel it off, it also sported wall stickers: branches of bright pink flowers—on purple—with that bright yellow sink.
Previous owners also had a penchant for teal. Now, I’m not opposed to teal, but . . . those walls will get painted. Very dark teal in a small bathroom is not for me. I’m not wild about a similar hue in a bedroom, either. Bird’s egg blue and dead creams abound. A refresh is in order.
In thinking about the tasks ahead of us in our new home, our heavenly home seems even more inviting. When we go there, we won’t have to remodel at all. Jesus said, Let not your heart be troubled: ye 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 (John 14:1-2). Can you imagine what a place specially designed for us by God will look like?
No? Me neither.
To think that the God of the universe wants to be near us—lousy, weak, and sinful people—for eternity, is one of the great mysteries. The Creator loves His creation in a way that is beyond fathoming. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know (John 14:3-4).
Ever the sceptic, Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? (John 14:5)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).
I am thankful that my destiny is through this Way, Jesus Christ. I am thankful that He gave Himself for my redemption. The fact that Jesus loves the whole world in this same manner is evidenced all through Scripture. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:9).
Where will your new home be?
Have you been saved? Jesus came into the world to pay the price for your sins so that you could join Him in heaven forever.
Heaven needs no remodeling or paint.
And you’ll totally love the colors.