I was thinking the other day about what I should write on. Which room did I need to check-in to? Running through the “house” in my mind, I stopped in the foyer. What an impactful room! If you actually have one, I bet it is like the sneak peek of your house. Scattered shoes of varying sizes tell of children running in and out the door. Canes and walking sticks represent the golden years of life. Chaos would tell you it was my house, well, that and my husband’s hunting trophies mounted on the walls. Light peering in the front door or side window warms the house and our souls. The foyer welcomes our guests and families into our homes and hopefully provides a safe haven from the daily grind we all face.
While I was reflecting on the foyer, how it is the first thing we see, I was reminded it is also the last place we see before we walk out. The place where we check our reflections in the mirror to make sure everything is pressed and neat. Everything tucked and in place. Backpacks lined up, briefcases set out, we check to make sure we have all we need for the day.
The foyer of God’s house is most definitely a safe haven for us to run. We can come in out of the storm, the heat or the bitter cold we have faced during the day; drop all our baggage by the bench, take a deep breath, and rest. We are home. We are safe. We are comforted.
It is also the place where our morning pep talk with the Lord can happen. Imagine Him sending you on your way. He straightens your clothes. He hands you the tools you need for the day. He reminds you who you are in Christ Jesus. He tells you that you belong to Him. He kisses you on the forehead and sends you out. Not alone though, for He sends His Spirit out with you.
As often as I need a safe place to drop my stuff at the day’s end, I also need a confidence boost in the morning. I need to look in the mirror and be reminded that I am a child of the Most High King. Yes, there are expectations with that and they are to be remembered, but more importantly there is love. I am loved. Whether I walk in the door at the end of the day having failed or having been faithful, if I am His, I am loved.
For some of you, home is not or was not a safe place. You snuck in your house quietly and out as fast as you could. You struggle to find rest and security in the image of a house. I want to tell you, Christ has prepared a wonderful house for you (John 14:1-3), should you choose to move in. His foyer will be grander than anything you could imagine. No yelling or pain or fear. A place made just for you. You very own hook to hang your baggage on.
While we may not get to see the entire house on this side of heaven, I believe we can have a sneak peek. Our relationship with the Lord is just the front door to all of eternity with Him. Walk into the foyer and let His love wipe off the grime of the day, or even days. Let His light warm your soul. Hang your bags on your hook. Take your shoes off for you are on holy ground. Let Jesus minister to you right then and there. Wounds tended too, burdens lightened, emotions settled, get up and get ready to face the day again. Walk out knowing you are His child, precious, dearly loved and most certainly not alone. The foyer will be waiting for your return.
Psalm 121:7-8 (NKJV)
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.