Author’s note: As I sit here typing, I realize, you will get more out of this chapter if you look up 2 Timothy 2:20-21 and Isaiah 1:18 after you are done reading this chapter. Enjoy chapter 3-“In a large house, there are articles…”
The King led Eileen to a luscious green field that was on the other side of the right side of the gate. The two of them sat down in the grass and the King smiled at Eileen.
“So, my child, you say you seek for a place to belong?”
“Yes, all my life I have felt as if I am forgotten; at my school, church, and even in my own family. Sometime they act as if they don’t know what to do with me!” Eileen said sadly.
“Can I tell you a secret?” the King whispered.
“Of course!” the young child said, curious to what the King would say.
“You aren’t the only one who seeks a place to belong,” the King whispered in her ear. The young girl pulled her ear away in astonishment.
“What do you mean? I have never heard of anyone else having this problem!”
The King smiled yet again and replied, “It is late, you should be getting home. Come back tomorrow and I will show you all the people who have had this same problem. I think you will be surprised at the fact that you really aren’t alone.”
The next night, Eileen climbed the long, golden ladder that led up to Heaven. She was excited to see the people who the King had spoken of the night before.
Eileen reached the top and walked over to the gate. How she longed to enter the scene that stood before her! The scene looked so peaceful with the little town once again closing up their businesses for the day. Some of the shop owners were saying goodnight to each other while others simply whistled a happy tune. One man near the entrance noticed Eileen and waved at the small face peering through the gate. Eileen smiled and waved back.
“My child, you have returned!”
Eileen turned around, smiled, and ran into the King’s embrace.
“I have! I couldn’t possibly go to bed until I came back. Besides, you promised to show me something, remember?”
“How could I ever forget?” He said with a wink. “Come here and I will lift you up onto my shoulders and carry you to the ones who are waiting for you.”
Eileen found herself being swooped up unto the mighty shoulders of the King. The child laughed as He ran through the field and suddenly a huge house on hill came into view.
“Where are we going?” Eileen yelled down to the King.
“The House of Articles!” the King shouted above the wind.
Eileen was speechless. For just that morning, her mother had read to her about that house from the book of 2 Timothy.
Eileen held on tighter to the King’s neck and head as He began to climb the path up the hill that led to the House. The House could be described as white as snow and the roof as red as crimson. There were pillars outside on the front porch that were holding up the twenty foot high ceiling.
The King reached the top and He sat Eileen down on the ground. The light was so bright up here, Eileen had to squint to see.
“Are you ready?” the King asked as He placed His hand on the door.
“Ready as I’ll ever be.”
The King opened the door and Eileen found herself standing in a huge entryway. The King led her down a long hallway, into a small library, and instructed her to wait while He called in the people.
When the King shut the door, leaving Eileen alone, Eileen wanted to touch and explore everything, but then she remembered what the King had once told her, her time had not yet come. One day when the time was right, she would explore all Heaven had to offer. Although, technically, she wasn’t in Heaven yet.
Eileen sat down in a chair in the corner of the small library. It was so quiet and peaceful, it made Eileen even more tired and ready for bed. The library door suddenly opened and Eileen stood up.
“Eileen,” said the King, “I want you to meet Joseph, son of Jacob, Joshua, son of Nun, Noah, son of Lamech, and Gideon, son of Joash. These, my dear child, are like you!”
To be continued…