“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4
Jesus always knew just what to say. In today’s passage, John 14, he is sharing his last Passover meal with his disciples, his closest friends, the group he has poured into and shared life with for years. He knows what is coming in a matter of hours: he will be arrested and crucified, the disciples will be scattered, and they will hide in confusion until his resurrection. Yet while Jesus knows all that will come, his disciples have no idea. In these last few hours, he gives them a glimpse of hope that they don’t even know they need yet: he will leave them, but he will come back. They will always have a place with him.
Like the disciples we are entering into a new season without totally knowing what will come. In order to enter a new season, we have to start dreaming into what we have to look forward to in the future. Anticipation of good things helps give our souls hope. Just like Jesus gave his disciples a glimpse into what they had to look forward to, we also have many good things ahead.
Today, dream about what could be and what God can do. Dream for yourself, for our church community, and even for our local community! Ask God to open your eyes to the way he is working and give you hope for the future.
By Jessica Rust