“Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also.” John 14:1-3 CSB
I’m sitting on my porch on a rainy morning, listening to the birds sheltering among the branches of the trees and sipping my cup of tea. The frogs are calling to each other as a gentle rain falls. Mourning doves sound as if they understand the emotions of those who are grieving. I’m not grieving. However, I so would like to have my hubby sitting in the chair next to me with a cup of coffee this morning.
A pair of ducks waddled by. They are so amusing. The female is looking for a place to build her nest, and the male just follows behind her, patiently. It reminds me I don’t need to be as fast as I used to be in this season of life. It is good to walk patiently, waiting on the Lord.
So many peaceful moments I have enjoyed on this porch since moving in almost six years ago. Today I smell the earthy scent of the ground bathed in rain. I noticed the swallows have returned. I haven’t seen them nesting in the spots they have before at the curve of the drain spouts. Perhaps they will return to build nests here soon.
It’s a cool 60 degrees, so even though it is spring, I’m wearing a sweatshirt for warmth. I feel so close to God in moments like this. I see the beauty He has created and can only imagine how beautiful Eden must have been and the new earth God will bring when Jesus returns. I know my years are numbered, but I’m peaceful in the knowledge.
Jesus spoke the words in the verses above to His disciples before ascending to heaven to be with His Father. To me, they are comforting. I know He has prepared a home for me already. I also know loved ones who left before me will be waiting to welcome me. And then I will see how beautiful heaven is, the heaven I have only imagined.
As for now, I will enjoy quiet, peaceful mornings like this one, listening for God’s voice as I sit in silence and know He is God.