Humble Abode

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Posted in Devotional

Humble Abode

My husband and I are in the process of looking for our first home. It can be daunting for a type-A personality like mine. So much is up in the air and left to wondering — what can we afford? How many bedrooms will we have? What school district will we be in? Will it have a front porch or finished basement?

When it comes to our first humble abode, I am certain that wherever (and however big or small) it is will feel like home to us. We'll paint the walls the colors we like; we'll host our first holiday meal with family and friends; we'll make thousands of memories inside those four walls.

But, even though the house will feel like home, we have an even greater home awaiting us. A home that is better than any Frank Lloyd Wright design imaginable.

The Lord promised us a place to dwell if we love and serve Him. And when the Lord promises something, He always keeps it. He didn't say He had a small cottage or beach house — and no, not even the latest condominium. He promised us the biggest home of all — a mansion — to call our very own.

"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 14:2

I like to think that this mansion that's prepared for me will have floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled with books and that I'll still have time to read now and again. But, in reality, I'm sure I'll be too blessed to even have a moment to crack the spine of a good novel. I'll be surrounded by those who have been in their mansions for a while — my grandfathers, my mentors in The Church, even those I've read about in the Scriptures. They'll show me around and take me on a tour of their glorious estate.

One of the best parts about moving into this mansion is that everything will be ready — no need to clean the cupboards or vacuum the carpet. He's got it covered — He's got it "prepared."

When I look at my current living situation and feel overwhelmed, I need to remember that the Lord has something better in store — streets of pure gold. Peace, celebration and unlimited amounts of love await "just over the hilltop."

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