John 14:1-3: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”

It’s the other way around. Note that Jesus says “When everything is ready I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” So basically – once your residency in Heaven is lined up and Jesus finished building your place, then it’s time to go.

For some reason, I always thought, it’s time to go when my work on Earth is done.

I guess, that has little or nothing to do with it.

In any event, time is a precious commodity. Time has seasons. That’s why we have to enjoy them, season by season, to take advantage of them.

It’s dangerous to get stuck in a season. We might miss the boat. But then, God is faithful, and Jesus is more than a friend. He is both our Savior and friend. And He is famous for rescuing people out of the places they are stuck.

Jesus unstuck me more than once.

I was hung up on the past. I was hung up on what could have been. I was hung up on dreams without taking any action. I was hung up on rules. I was hung up on people who were trying to dominate me. Oh, the list goes on and on.

Bottom-line: Jesus gets me out of there. He gets me unstuck.

In all of the above cases, I had to turn my thoughts around and see things differently; see things bigger; be more inclusive of other people; more generous; more openhearted. Immediately, life takes on a different color.

Heaven is much bigger than Earth. Heaven has endless space for people, all the places that Jesus prepares indicating: He is never running out of space. Think about it: so many people have died already, many more are born and many more will be added when their citizenship is applied. Heaven is full of life, full of living beings. No offense, but there are no dead people in Heaven. In Heaven we’re all alive, as alive as we are on this side of Heaven, maybe even more so.

Jesus grew up under Joseph’s tutelage who is a carpenter by trade. He probably loved to hang out in the workshop with Joseph. In the home-building industry, carpenters literally run the show. Without carpenters, no house! So, Jesus is a builder. He built the entire universe for crying out loud, and I think He especially loves building places for people. Why? He loves people. So He handcrafts a place for us. And once it’s good and ready, it’s time to go.

Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to find a good answer for what we feel is an untimely death. I only know this: God is never surprised. And: Heaven is never running out of space.

Poor young grandson, there’s nothing I can say
You’ll have to learn, just like me
And that’s the hardest way

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