As a young child I remember just how excited I was whenever I was involved in a sleepover. Growing up sleepovers were one of my favorite activities and they were quite frequent if I remember correctly. They always brought joy and happiness to my face; whether getting to go to a friends or get to have them stay over didn’t matter much.
I also remember some of them when I knew I got to have a friend over. I anticipated their arrival and minutes seemed to last for days as I waited for them to arrive. I would make sure everything was in order so that their stay and our time together was perfect. I would get the sleeping arrangements all settled, prepare activities and games, all the important stuff was taken care of before their arrival so I could assure that we had as much time together as possible. No interruptions. Just us kid’s having fun being together.
I think about that excitement and the memories that I made with friends over these occasions but as I read about Christ and the way He says He is going to prepare a place for us, and that there are many places to stay, if it were not so He wouldn’t have said it. (John 14:1-3) I picture Jesus with all the anticipation, with all the love He has shown for us, anticipating our arrival. Waiting for us to one day enter into His home. He says, “I am going to prepare a place for you”. After all He did for us on earth over His lifetime He proclaims with an excited yell, “I’m leaving but I’m getting my house ready for you”! I’m preparing to be with you.
Later in that passage His overwhelming desire to be with us is further shown. “So that where I am, there you may be also”. That’s the whole point of a sleep over is it not? To be with that person the whole time, to get to enjoy their company, to talk with them, laugh with them? I may be missing the point just a little but I can’t help but think my Savior says those words directly to me with so much more love and sincerity than I said them to my friends, “I’m preparing a place for you” he says, “so that where I am, there you may be also”. Jesus was fully mature, being fully God but I imagine a savior who has waited so long to be with his children that He can’t help but to smile and tell us, “I go to prepare a place for you”. Not leaving us, but preparing for us. Waiting for us and anticipating our arrival with all the excitement imaginable.
Preparation for the sleepover was one thing; trying to hold it in before your friends arrive, but what about that moment when you finally hear the door bell ring? You run to the door barreling down the hall like you could run a 4.2 forty at the age of 9, you finally make it to the door, you cant open it fast enough and when you do you just about swing it off the hinges. Now imagine that from a savior that has died for you, paid the price for you, been the only thing adequate to atone your sin, just prepared His home for your eternal stay, imagine the way He comes up to you.
I can’t put it in to words because it will be so much sweeter, but let me just say, I can’t wait to have my first sleepover with Jesus. But until then I will settle for dates with Him, phone calls with Him, and getting to read His letters to me, and know that I He is in love with me, so much so that He died for me.