"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."
Isn't it nice to know that there is a warm home with dinner waiting on the table, the start of the movie is waiting for your arrival, and there's a fresh batch of cookies coming out of the oven made in your honor? This may not be an every day occurrence in our homes, but once a week, or even every couple of weeks, has the power to get us through the challenges of life's daily, and weekly, set backs. In this passage of John, Jesus is the One waiting. Not only is the Captain of our Salvation waiting for us, He wants to be with us.
"A man can keep his sanity and stay alive as long as there is at least one person who is waiting for him...a soldier can prevent his mental and physical disintegration when he knows that his wife and children are waiting for him. But when 'nothing and nobody' is waiting, there is no chance to survive the struggle for life."
(Henri J. M. Nouwen)
Child of Christ, you have been accepted into a great family, and a great home. He has been preparing a place for you and I. He is ready to "accept us" when we are "ready to be accepted." Paul wrote in a letter to the Church in Ephesus, "God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son." (Ephesians 1:5-6) Father God Himself said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5) Let the Word of God remind you that you do not have to hurry, He's waiting for you. Holy Spirit wants to release the power of knowing deep within you that survival is not your purpose. Your purpose in the struggle of life is to prosper. You have been called to live abundantly, even when you feel empty, alone, or rejected.
If you want to be in the family of God, accept His love for you. He has already accepted you. He has shown you His acceptance by laying His life down for you. Just knowing that Jesus is waiting is enough to get us through the struggle for life!
Grace, mercy, and peace!