When I first arrived, I was in awe at all I saw. I could not believe all the spectacular sights, the amazing colors and the aromatic fragrances that overwhelmed my senses. It took quite some time to become adjusted, if that were possible, to all that was around me. It was as if everything were as of my days on earth, yet in far more striking detail.
I was led along a gold-paved avenue to a beautiful house not far from the city’s center. When the door was opened and I stepped in, it was just as if I had lived there all my life. The place was just as I would have designed it. Everything in it perfectly matched my personality, and there was nothing in it that I would not want.
It’s hard to say how long I investigated every part of the masterpiece. It was as if time had stopped. It could have been an hour, or it might have been a year; it really did not matter.
When I stepped out the back door, the view was every bit as magnificent as the house. Lush green grass and tall trees full of leaves were the backdrop. Flowers of every color, even colors I had never seen before, were in full bloom. Nothing on earth, even in the palaces of royalty, compared to this.
It was then I noticed a building in the far corner of the spacious grounds, so I decided to investigate. I expected it was where the gardening equipment was stored. As I looked around the building, I saw it had no windows. When I came to the door, I found it locked tight. I wondered to myself what this building might hold.
As I walked along the streets admiring the many other spectacular, but unique houses, I noticed each one had a building in the back corner of the yard. Some were small buildings, and some were much larger. Now my curiosity was really aroused.
The center of the city was the place to be. The King was always there, and people were always coming and going. Yet in spite of the vast numbers of people who wanted to talk with the King, no one was ever turned away. I couldn’t figure out how He could talk with so many at the one time, yet it seemed each was the only one in His presence. But that’s only one of the many special things about this place.
I had so many things to say to the King. I wanted to thank Him for the magnificent place He had prepared for me, and how amazed I was at how it seemed to be just perfect for me. He just smiled and said, “You’re welcome.” Our conversation was so pleasant. We talked on and on about many things. The King appeared to be so pleased at how happy I was.
But I will never forget the change in His face when I asked Him the purpose for the buildings in the back corner of each yard. I told Him I did not understand why some were big and others small. The smile on His face disappeared. His response to me was “you don’t want to know what’s in the building.” Rather than leaving it at that, I pressed the issue further. I thought surely, there must be some simple, logical explanation.
As the King looked at me, I noticed what seemed to be a tear of sadness in the corner of His eye. What could possibly be so significant that even the King’s countenance could be changed? I looked at Him and He looked at me. In a voice overflowing with compassion, He uttered these words to me – “in that building are all the blessings you could have received.”
The impact of that statement jolted me and I awoke with a start. Had I just had a “bad” or “good” dream? Or, was I presented with a blessing from the King Himself?
What blessing is that you might ask?
The blessing of knowing that what I do with my life here and now will have an eternal impact. I have the opportunity to impact whether “the building out back” will be big or small.