Driving home from a week’s vacation provided ample time to browse through new pictures and videos on my phone. Let’s see, take one lake cabin, a boat for tubing, several adults and three grandchildren…well, you’ve got the makings of a pretty great week! The voice of my two and a half year old grandson was still ringing in my ears.
Every morning was the same. First one up, I’d make a pot of coffee and head out to the comfy seating area on the upper deck. This was my sanctuary…a place to enjoy quiet time with the Lord and His amazing creation. Slowly the rest of the house would awaken and before long the sanctuary was filled with sleepy-eyed adults, coffee cups in hand. My grandson began his daily ritual as well.
The door to the deck opened and closed more times than I could count! Its a wonder it didn’t fall off the hinges! Each time he opened the door we’d all say “Hi!” and receive the appropriate response. But when he turned to go back and we’d say good-bye, the response changed. “Me not goin’ bye-bye. Me dus goin’ in da house.” After repeating this phrase numerous times each morning, he eventually added “Me be right back!”, in hopes of conveying his intentions.
Though a wonderful game for the adults, my grandson found no humor in the repetitive declaration. The innocent truth of a child’s words stirred something inside me.
“In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”
…Me not goin’ bye-bye…Me dus goin’ in da house…
“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.”
…Me be right back!…
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of Truth.”
Saying goodbye to my grandson wasn’t easy. I knew much time would pass before I’d see him again. “You go with me?” he asked. No, I have to go to my house now. But I love you very much and I will see you soon. I promise!
Today as I celebrate Pentecost…the giving of the Holy Spirit, my Counselor and Spirit of Truth…I am reminded of this: Jesus has not left me but is in the House! He is preparing a place for me because He loves me and I will see Him soon.