Monday, January 09, 2006

treasures on earth

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ” (Matthew 6:19-21)

this verse has been meandering around my head for a month or so ... especially as i look through our "stuff" ...

then i saw it on my side-bar today ... and would you believe - it was also in our bible reading ... things that make a person go "hmmmm, what am i missing here?" ...

i've searched my heart ... i don't believe i am holding on tightly to material things ... in fact my motto has been "down size, down size ..." as i give away as much as i possible can! without giving Leo heart failure that is ... the less i have, the less i have to pack!!! makes sense to me ... *smile* ...

when a person is moving ... altering their usual state of affairs ... it is interesting to see what our treasures are ... what we value, and take more care in packing ... mine have been things from mom & dad's life together ... from the 10 years they were married ... they seem extra special ...

but i suppose the Lord is pointing out that the real treasures are things that are not tangible ... things we store in our hearts, that no one can yank out of our hands ... things that we don't have to pack!


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when the Lord calls us home ... we will walk through that eternal door with only things we carry within ... nothing else ...


i don't know why those verses replay in my mind ... but i am paying attention ...

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update: we are still searching for a place to move into ... even if we rent for awhile ... but you know, rental places are almost as difficult to find in our little town! hmmmmm .... needless to say - i value your prayer!

9 comments:

Maggie Ann said...

How hard it is to get rid of things. Even the very word 'rid' seems strange, doesn't it? *smile*. My, its hard to part with things that have memories or evoke nurturing feelings, yet what you posted about entering heaven without 'things' is so true. I've thought of it recently too, trying to 'unload' the basement. As they say on the tv homemaking shows...'We need professional help'. Trouble is...it costs big bucks to get help on that level. I will be praying this week for you to find a place. *hugs*

Mrs. Diamond said...

(hugs) and prayers

Saija said...

maggie ann ... thank you! it is good to have praying friends ... and to be honest, i am keeping those old chipped nic nacs from my parents marriage ... childhood stuff ... what i've found is that for every 2 boxes i pack, i can get rid of 1 box ... that's not bad ... just lots of thought going into this! AND we haven't gotten into any heavy duty packing yet, more the sorting variety ... i am hoping to know if i pack for storage or a place to move to? i have peace about it all, i am doing all i can - and that is all God expects! He'll do the rest!

Saija said...

mrsd ... we were on at the same time ... all (hugs) gratefully accepted! :o)

Jammie J. said...

i struggle with loving my things too much. my furniture, my fish, my cats. but then i realize i'm just a steward of it all and that makes it okay again.

btw, i give all my stuff to God every day. isn't that nice of me?

then i take it all back the next morning.

Saija said...

Jeanette ... ya, everything we have is on loan from God, good reminder ... :o)

Anonymous said...

You've got em, girl! I love seeing the open door and picturing myself entering the pearly gates- great visual!
PS. I can't log on my account so I am posting anonymous
Peg

osray said...

Your place to move will happen just anytime, I know it's hard to wait but... everything must fit in place. The people are moving out of your house probably as we speak.

Saija said...

Peg ... hey anon peg! :o) ... pictures like the door opening into a wide open heavenly space, makes me feel good too!

osray ... yes, my lessons on patience continue ... but this week has been one of peace ... i do admit to crying when i found out this "perfect" place wasn't for sale at this time, but that was my release valve ... otherwise i AM trusting & packing! i won't say i'm "homeless" because we have places to go - it is just an odd feeling! thanks for the encouragement ...