I love this beautiful passage. As I read the story, I picture Jesus inclined towards his disciples in love, understanding fully their feelings of remorse and sadness as he shares with them that he will leave them soon. It’s kind of like if you were about to take a very long trip and you wanted to share words of advice for your children or loved ones, what would you say? “Don’t let your hearts be troubled… I am going to prepare a place for you.” I have a confession to make. I suffer from a recurrent dream. I am always at a new house and I am rearranging furniture and organizing where the beds will go, etc. and it is always exciting, this feeling of a new home. In my dreams, these houses are never ostentatious, in fact, they are always simple, yet different. On one occasion that I was talking to a Spiritual Director we discovered that this speaks of a need for safety and security for me. My father was a very strict man, while he provided food and shelter, he was never affectionate toward us. My dreams of finding the right “place,” is my need to be safe and secure. What amazes me, is that Jesus knows our very need. He has proclaimed that he is the bread of life, the living water, the good shepherd, the way, the truth and the life!!!! Everything you need, Jesus has already thought of. In fact, Jesus prepares the right “place,” the safe place and the fruitful place for you, for this season of your life right now.
Read: John 14:1-14
Questions to Consider:
- What do the words of Jesus mean to you when he says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled?” or the words, “I am going to prepare a place for you.”
- Is there a need from your childhood that you need to surrender to Christ today?
So What Activity: Today, take five minutes to express your gratitude to Jesus. Sing a song, write a journal entry, go for a short walk; just let him know that you are thankful He has provided a place for you today.