Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Open House

I have worked in the Labor & Delivery unit at my hospital for twenty-two years.  In all that time the unit has looked the same.  No more.

Tomorrow our hospital will have an open house to present our new Mother/Baby suite to the public.  We will move in shortly after that.

On April 14, 2014 we moved from our old unit to a temporary home across the hospital. Everything was torn down in our old unit; it was taken to all the way down to the support columns.  Then everything was built new.  Nothing is where it had previously been in the old unit.

I clearly remember the first time I walked to the old double doors of our unit and saw the affects of the demolition.  My eyes filled up with tears.  It was gone.

I had another tearful moment on those floors this week.  We have all been anxious to see the progress of our new unit, and have in fact walked through it every now and then.  It had been a couple weeks since I had seen it when I walked through last week.  Most of the finishing touches had been applied and it was so much more beautiful than I ever imagined it would be.  Everything was bright and sleek and neat.  It made me wish we could move in even sooner, but of course, all the inspections had to be completed.

When we were told different aspects of the new unit back in April, I would have never imagined it to look the way it does.  I could not escape my memory of the old unit and tried to envision simply a different version of that.  But in reality the new unit is nothing like the old. There just isn't any comparison.

There will come a day when we leave this world in which we have lived for a new one we can't begin to imagine.  The Lord will have an "Open House" for all His trusting children when we see our new home. . .a home created specifically for us by our Lord.

"Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father's house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also," (John 14: 1-3.)

There is no way we can even begin to imagine the glories of what the Lord has in store for us.  Not only in where we dwell, but in what we do.  If we question this, all we need to do is glance around His creation and realize that He excels in creating beauty, joy, grace, peace and loveliness.   His creativity becomes more amazing the more we look at the world in which we live.  Imagine that creativity unleashed for those whom have become His children, those whom He loves dearly.  What glorious things we will see! 

No matter what we face and experience here in this life, we have great days ahead!

"But as it is written, 
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, 
neither have entered into the heart of man, 
the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him," 
(1 Corinthians 2:9.)

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