Jonny and I moved into our home in May of last year. I can't believe that it has almost been a year that we've lived in this house. We have seen our daughter go from a crawler to a runner, we've seen records started and finished and released, we've seen leaves fall and new ones sprout, and mountains covered in white. In the time we've been here it is time for the seasonal cycle to start again.
In our journeying around our neighborhood we spotted a hotel that started being built but for some reason or other stopped after only the first floor's framework was up. For months we would drive by and wonder what they would eventually do with the property. It is right next to the freeway so it seems prime real estate. Maybe it would be torn down to become a new gas station, fast food place, or jiffy lube. Who knows...one thing we did know is the framework was wilting. Each month that passed we saw the rains and wind and sun were taking their toll on the exposed 4x4's. What was once golden yellow lumber was turning grey and sagging. I always looked at it and thought "there goes someone's investment. What a bummer for them." Those thoughts turned to shock when just a month ago we saw builders come in and start building again on the framework they had begun. We saw an entire 4 or 5 story hotel get built on top of a first floor that previously looked like it was rotting. I never saw them stripping the 1st floor and starting fresh, they just built over it. Now if you are a person who has hurt me or my family and come out to see me and I put you up in the 1st floor of a local hotel I think twice about staying there...Ha! Just kidding. I would never want anyone I know to stay there. I don't trust that building. I saw those beams and don't trust them to hold up the structure around it. Now I know that they probably figured out something when they built the rest of the building to make it work but I just still don't trust it. No thank you.
I find myself putting my hope in the things of this world. I think "putting my faith in good things like family, career, financial stability, etc. are ok. The Lord likes family." Then I build away at a 2nd, 3rd, 4th floors on top of that 1st floor that I've made my treasure. The problem with this thinking is that the things of this world decay. Sin eats away at the things of the world and everything is affected, everyone is affected. The CEO of your business gets greedy, you loose your job. The career that made you so qualified for that job now makes you too overqualified to get hired for the job your willing to take when your savings is gone. The family member who you've always turned to for help has turned away from you and the building starts crumple. Matthew 6:19-21 says:
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be."
Lord help me to see that You are the desire of my heart. Your love for me will not grow fickle, Your work at the cross will not wear out, Your promises to me have more value than the beach has sand and You are glorious. Lord let my eyes be fixed on You and my heart be found in You.