My daughter and I are in a standoff regarding style choices in her bedroom. She wants to make choices that mark her room as her own. I want her style choices to be long-lasting choices so that we will not have to return to this discussion anytime soon. I know how short-lived these style swings lasts in the life of an 8-year-old. She knows that she wants a unique space. She is not alone. We all want a space that we can feel is our space. As I tried to figure out a reasonable compromise on the comforter for her bed, I realized that there is a place for all of us. There is a unique space for each one of us, created just for us in God’s house. I wanted to say to my daughter:
There is a place for you. There is a place for the real you. A place for you to be completely yourself. A place where you do not have to be concerned about sharing your truest self.
This place is a place not just where you can belong. It is a place designed uniquely for you. It is a place designed not for the public image of you, but it is designed for the whole person that is you. It is a place not bound by geography or rules. There is no one else who determines the color of the walls or the flooring choices. It not a just right size. It is not too small. It is not too large. It is a just right fit for you.
The place offers you exactly what you need in the moment. It is place of rest. It is a place of hope. It is a place of comfort. It is a place of healing. It is a place of love. It is your dwelling place in God’s house. I also said that she could have the comforter of her choice. May we all accept our place in God’s home.
[Jesus said] In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places.