We had the privilege of living in the Loire Valley of France for three years. It is an area known for its fabulous châteaux. The Chambord is probably the most recognizable as it is six times the size of most. What is so amazing is the number of rooms. Although only eighty are open to public viewing, there are 440 in what started out as just a hunting lodge! I cannot even imagine having so many rooms!
In our verse for today, rooms are being readied in preparation for the arrival of God’s children. Each is being especially prepared by our loving Father. The number of rooms in His house are too numerous to even be counted! Yet, I imagine that each one is stamped with the personality of the one who is to live there. The rooms will be perfect. The style will suit us. The comforts will be exactly right. But the best part is that there will be uninterrupted time with the Owner of the house.
I love that the Lord uses this image of a house. It will feel more like home than anything we have ever experienced on earth. The idea of a perfect home is not the size or the number of rooms but the love and warmth that this place can encompass. Just because it is perfect does not mean that it is cold or impersonal. It will be filled with love and laughter and eternal joy in His presence! There will be music and running and skipping on those golden sidewalks!
Thank you Lord, for the room You are preparing for me!