Do you have material things in your life that you treasure?
I am not much of a materialistic person at all but there are a few things that do mean a lot to me. On my wedding day, my mom gave me one of her necklaces as my gift of "something old". Since I was young I have always wanted that particular necklace. It's has been in my family for probably longer than I have and I wore it the day I married my best friend, so it's about the most important piece of jewelry that I own next to my wedding ring. I usually only wear it on special occasions so it's been long enough that I honestly can't even tell you when the last time I wore it was. Well, while cleaning the house this afternoon, I went to my jewelry box to put away some random jewelry that my daughter left lying around the house. I realized that my special necklace was not where it should have been! I immediately started to freak out! Now, I know that material things are only temporary but that necklace really means a lot to me so I started turning the house upside down trying to find it and I was brought to tears once it really hit me that it was nowhere to be found. Even talking about it now is making me feel so sad!
I sat there sobbing like a child, looking in the jewelry box for the third time. I felt like the worst daughter ever as I remembered how I always disappointed my mom when I would lose jewelry as a child. I failed to take care of one of the most special pieces of jewelry I would probably ever own. I really needed some peace, so I prayed. I totally had the wrong intention with my requests, though. Instead of asking for peace and comfort or whatever else God wanted me to learn through this experience I begged him to make a way for me to find it.
I wish that I could say that the necklace magically appeared around my neck right then and there but we all know that prayer doesn't work that way. I didn't receive peace right at that very moment either. I did receive a word for today's lesson though…
In Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34the word says
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
The fact that it was mentioned twice in the bible must mean that it's worthy of a second thought. So I began to ponder what the Lord was revealing to me through this little incident. It's pretty simple… He was calling me to look at where my heart was in that moment. Was my heart focused on what's eternal, or temporary. It wasn't the necklace itself that made anything special. It was the blessing in the gesture. Me and my wedding meant that much to my mom that she was willing to give me such a valuable piece of her jewelry. She trusted me with it; but, just because I lost it doesn't make me the worst daughter ever, it just makes me human. Though it may be one of the worst feelings ever to lose something that is very valuable to you, don't fret (at least not for too long), because everything in this life is temporary and will not matter on the other side of life. Our focus should never be on the material thing but on what's eternal such as the love, joy, peace, kindness, humility, grace, faith, hope, and trust that is behind the thing you value! Stay blessed and unhindered!