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Monday, 6 May 2013

A second home!

Yesterday (Sunday) was a beautiful day in the south-west of France.  The sun shone; there was a gentle breeze; my wife went swimming in the lake at the site in which we have our static caravan; and I was able to relax!

Of course, all of that was possible simply because we have the static.  Over the past week, I've been working on the sub-structure for the L-shaped verandah (terrasse) and, when that is fully completed - a project that will take some time as it is less expensive to purchase the wood at home, and transport it out here - we will have a very nice second home.

We've been doing some work inside as well and, on this visit, we prepared a proper base, and built a garden shed thereon.  Well, we needed somewhere to store the loungers and, eventually, the barbecue!
We are fully aware of the tremendous blessing it is to have a second home in such a quiet, and beautiful, part of the world.  We realise that not everyone experiences that blessing and that, indeed, many do not have even one proper home to provide shelter for them and their families.  We are grateful that, for us, "The lines have fallen ... in pleasant places;" (Ps 16:6).

We are also aware that, as the late Jim Reeves often sung, "This world is not [our] home"; that, in the words of the old spiritual "[We've] got a home in glory land,".  It's the home that Jesus has promised to all who are His faithful disciples, regardless of what they experience in this mortal life.  He has already said "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 when 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 14:2-3).

You may not have a second home on earth.  The important question is, "Are you assured of that second home in the Father's house?"  It's available, for all who will confess their sins; repent; and accept the salvation that God the Son gained for us at Calvary.   There isn't even a cost involved - He's already paid the price (although, when you give your life over to His control, He has told us that it may then cost us everything that we have; as brothers and sisters in the persecuted church know only too well!).  And don't worry about the sun, for "... the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb." (Rev 21:23) and you'll bask in the warmth of His presence throughout eternity!

That beats anything that this world can offer.


Robert Dickson said...

Ok got me here...conert away!


Colin Ross said...

Much prefer the KJV for John 14 where HE talks about many MANSIONS. Since HE is able to do wondrous things, Heaven WILL be mansion-like compared to just a 'room'. People living in retirement homes have a 'room' but Heaven will be much grander than that.