“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:20,21
My heart was troubled. My husband and I had been housesitting for family and I had misplaced my rings. One had a diamond and was the seal of our engagement. The other was my gold wedding band, inscribed with “Love Prince”.
Having only been married for a few months, and single for the better part of a decade previously, I was distraught. I suppose any wife would have been. I had lost the special jewellery my husband had given me. It was worth a lot of money. And no longer could I slip the rings on my finger, defining my marital status for the world to see.
Realisation kicked in when we searched and searched to no avail. I couldn’t hold back the tears.
Each day I would wake and remember my dilemma. The unshakeable feeling of self-pity. The twinge of regret and the anguish of soul.
We had asked God to reveal the lost items to us. My family and I kept thinking of possible locations for the rings to hide. With each exciting revelation came disappointment when I looked and found nothing.
I felt helpless.
I prayerfully wondered if I should just give up. After all, my thoughts were centred on my problem and myself. How could I be a faithful witness for Christ as long as I was consumed with my worries?
Perhaps you’re like me and you hold onto whatever glimmer of hope you have. You are ever the optimist. Until you know something for absolute sure, you go on believing what you want to believe. Believing the best.
Losing my rings was similar to the disappointment I felt over the house we were having built. We were told by the builder that we would be in by Christmas. December 25th was drawing near and many projects awaited completion. I held onto my hope till the last minute. We discovered the carpets could not be laid, nor the septic system installed, until mid-January.
At least with the house, time meant progress. But the rings were less certain to be found with each passing day.
Yet these scenarios are all too similar. Worldly treasures. Items that will not enter eternity. Things that you may scrimp and save for, enjoy for a while, and then pass on to a future generation (Ecclesiastes 2:18,19).
If you have Christ in this life, you have all you need. In church on Sunday after losing my rings, we sang the Hillsong chorus; “It is you” (“For this cause” album). The lyrics that stood out most to me were;
‘This treasure that I hold
More than finest gold
It is you, Jesus it is you.’
I want my treasure to be in heaven. I want to store it up there. Much of what you and I care about in this life does not have eternal significance.
As my sister-in-law reminded me, “You still have your husband.”
On this earth, people are the only beings or things we can take with us to heaven. Are you spending time with others? Proverbs 11:30b states; “…and he who wins souls is wise.”
Although I joked with my husband that I was back to being his girlfriend, I knew our relationship meant much more than a couple of gold bands. A few weeks after misplacing my rings, they were still missing. Our house was still being completed. We were still living in a flat in town.
Above the circumstances, God is still God. Jesus is still our Saviour. And there is still more to life than accruing wealth.
I took my prayer walk one morning. As I walked along the riverbank, I sang;
‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things on earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.’
You must keep your eternal focus. And rest assured that God does care about you in your dilemmas. His ways don’t always make sense to you. But in your trials, look for a lesson, and face each day with joy in your heart.
* My rings were lost for two months. My sister-in-law found them on an old armchair in her table tennis room. I had taken them off to play! My husband and I moved into our new home on 26th January. Praise the Lord! *