“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
He’s got the whole world in His hands
yet, I’m still a part of His plan
and so are you, dear friend.
No matter how small you may feel
how lonely your heart, or scarred of soul
you can’t outrun, out-hide, steal away
the true treasure of love and grace
the Creator of this world has you in this place
for such a time as this.
©14 July 2021
We left early Saturday morning for a quick trip to visit family in Virginia. Dad, Mom, Michelle and I had moved from California to North Carolina just a few weeks before and had been staying with relatives until we were able to move into our new home, located a few feet off a busy road.
Tired from the busy, but fun day, we walked into our home that evening around 9:30. As I stepped into my bedroom, something didn’t feel right. At this point in my life—just 18 years old—I was quite the neat freak. But my roll-top desk was open and rifled through. The knickknacks on my dresser in disorder, my closet doors wide open, and bedspread askew.
My first instinct was to call out to my mom and see if there was anything else messed up in the house. By midnight the police had come, and we had realized quite a few things were missing. My dad’s acoustic guitar, his briefcase, some of my mom’s jewelry . . . but the big things like our television, a jar of cash, and stereo were still there.
Tire tracks were found in the field behind our house. We believe we interrupted the robbery.
The feeling of intrusion and paranoia never fully go away. My skin still crawls realizing someone had come into our home and invaded our privacy. Not only that, they stole my sense of safety and security.
Jesus warns us of the thieves that come to steal, kill, and destroy. Thieves who break in and steal. But the good news is, if we have given our heart to Jesus, our salvation cannot be stolen. And when we have assurance of our salvation, we know there is nothing on earth that can steal it away from us. Neither can it be destroyed by moths or rust.
I don’t know about you, but I love knowing my heart belongs to Jesus Christ, and no matter what may happen while I live here on this earth, my true home and treasure is in heaven.
Death, nor life; angels, principalities, nor powers; things present or to come; nor height, nor depth, nor anything else that has been created, can/will/shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Jesus Christ our Lord (Marcie’s paraphrase of Romans 8:38-39).
Not even ourselves. Nothing I do can keep God from loving me as His child. No-thing.
Dear friend, as you finish out this week and walk into the next, determine to remember you are loved by the God of this universe and there’s not one single thing that can take His love away from you.
From My Heart to Yours,
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