Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
When I take our granddaughter, Virginia Rose, home after spending the weekend with us earlier this month, she is crushed to discover that her little sisters, Savannah Jane and Alexandra Nancy, have rifled through her special possessions during her absence. Virginia is so distraught, she actually cries, something this always-smiling child rarely does.
It breaks my heart . . .
When I tell my husband, Danny, about it, he is naturally grieved, as any loving Papa would be. But he has a brilliant solution to the problem. A small chest, which belonged to his mother, is still sitting at her house. Danny decides to bring it here, add a clasp and simple dial lock, and present this treasure box to Virginia on her next visit.
And that's exactly what he does!
Just look at the joy on Virginia's face! Now it's time to teach her how to unlock and lock her box.
Success!!! And Papa's surprise gift of powdered donuts found inside is the icing on the cake.
It's difficult to imagine from these Easter photos that Savannah and Alexandra could ever be anything but angelic.
But don't let those innocent expressions fool you! I am praying these two will outgrow their impish ways when it comes to how they treat their big sister.
But for now, Virginia is all set. Not only does she have something special to remember her Nonna by, but she can also rest assured that her treasures will be kept safe from marauding hands.
We know, as Christians, we are not to put our confidence or trust in our worldly treasures; instead, we are to store up treasures in heaven, the place we will one day call home. Yet, how many of us leave our house or go to bed without locking our doors? Do we set an alarm system to ward off would-be thieves? Are our extra-valuable items stored in a safe for added protection?
Common sense dictates, in this day and age, that taking such precautions is natural and necessary. However, when our possessions threaten to possess us, therein is the rub.
So yes, protect your earthly belongings, but set your hearts and minds on the reward in God's Treasure Box: Eternal life!