We were all set to move in to our new house.
The inspection went well and all that was left was some financial paperwork.
While we waited, we imagined the kids playing around in the backyard and thought about the best way to arrange our furniture. Mentally, we were already moved in.
All of that ended earlier this week. Something wasn’t right with our loan and things weren’t going to work out. Well, unless one of our rich uncles wanted to mail us a briefcase full of money. Our rich uncles, it turns out, have already mailed their briefcases full of money to the guys in D.C. and aren’t rich anymore.
When I found out that we wouldn’t be buying our first home I immediately thought about my grandfather. For all of the time that I knew him he lived in a house that he built with a few other men. Every brick was paid for before it was used. He was in his mid-50s when he built that house.
Before that he and my grandmother rented someone else’s house and tried their best to make it their own. They slowly saved the money that he earned from working on someone else’s farm. It was a long process but his hard work and diligence paid off.
Just a few decades after he finished building his house, my grandfather died in the bedroom that he built with his own hands. A few years after that, my grandmother had to leave the house. She was too sick. Later, she would die in a nursing home.
I was disappointed when I found out about our house. Sure, it’s a first world problem but it never feels good to lose something that you were counting on. But, as is always the case, the Bible has given me some good perspective.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:1-3 (ESV)
Maybe one of these days my wife and I will finally find our dream house. If we do, it’s not going to last. Old age will get us or the house. One way or another we’re coming out. Jesus’ words remind us that a better home awaits us. But he doesn’t do this by emphasizing granite counter tops and walk-in closets. Instead, his major selling point is that the One who prepared the place for us is the same One who we will enjoy fellowship with.
The One who has worked to ensure that we will have a place in eternity is the One who assures us that we will enjoy it with him.
And nothing can change that.