Friday, June 14, 2013

Material Things

We did not see the Royal Gorge on this trip. We went there, but there were buildings between the parking lot and the bridge. To enter was $26/per person. A large impact to our budget, and nothing to show for the expenditure except memories and photographs. The buildings appeared to house shops eager to accept even more money. Pay money in order to spend money? It didn't make financial sense, does it?

It won't happen again for a while. The above shot is of those buildings, lost to the Royal Gorge fire in Colorado.

Name a state, any state. Can you also name a disaster that happened in that state in the last few years? Many people have lost material possessions. Their lives have changed immeasurably. They no longer have a sense of security in their future. They have learned how to deal with insurance companies. That they were under-covered. That they cannot remember all their possessions, nor do they have their receipts.

Everyone says that material things can be replaced. True, to a certain extent, but they are not the same. The beloved gifts that carried memories are not in stores. True, new memories are made, tainted a bit by the fire/wind/flood that took the originals.

These are not our treasures.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 KJV)

It wasn't moth, rust or thieves. It has been wind, rain and fire. Still, where are our treasurers? Not all of mine are in heaven - I have family here, loved ones who are as dear as blood relatives. How I wish I could lay these treasures in heaven, but they must do that themselves. Oh, I continue to pray for them. Pray the Lord will provide the right person who will witness to them, reach their softened hearts and pray they accept His gift.

Then I will have true treasures in heaven, safe from what this world has to offer. Have you notice a witness?

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