As I was reading scripture on how Jesus was warning the disciples about his death. I started remembering all the times that God gave me warnings during changes in my life. I would like to think that He was preparing me for what was ahead. I have many stories of how He prepared me just before my relationship ended with my husband. He prepared my heart just before both my parents went into eternal glory, and the list of stories goes on. God also prepares us for the work He has called us to do. He uses things that we experience for His glory in the future. The relationships I made along my life’s journey (especially the difficult ones) has prepared me to work in ministry now. As I look back, just like the disciples, I had no idea that God was even preparing me. Those times when I thought he might be preparing me, I had no idea what for. That still holds true for today.
John 14: 1-5 reads“Let not your hearts be troubled; believe [a] in God, believe also in me. 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. And you know the way where I am going. Even just before Jesus died, he was comforting the disciples about what was ahead. We need not worry about anything, for He has already prepared a place for us- how comforting is that?
I just want to end with one more thing that I found interesting as I studied the greek word for prepare (hetoimazo). It simply means to make ready. Revelation 21:2 reads And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; The NLT version uses beautifully dressed for her husband- what a wonderful way to describe prepared!
Lord, as you prepared your disciples (including us) for what is ahead, may we be prepared (beautifully dressed) for your return! Amen!!