For so many years the Lord has asked me to surrender everything to Him.
Not to spend time worrying about the “needs”, not to make long lists of things required, but to just surrender.
Last fall, He took me through another season of surrender.
Each morning, the Lord would speak to my heart about material things, stuff which hold a value or are special in some way.
Then He’d ask.
Are you willing to give it up if I ask you to?
I’m well aware that all I think of as mine is really His and therefore, I would respond with a “yes”.
Some days, it was easier to say than others.
I honestly began to think we were going to move again, the way God was asking me to surrender everything.
It was even down to family heirlooms, items which wouldn’t mean anything to most people, but are precious to me.
At times, I had to work at not letting my mind begin to expect some major change, because God has asked me to get rid of everything before, to let go of all personal property and simply trust Him for the future.
But God wasn’t preparing me to move.
He was making sure my fingers were not grasping the things He’s placed in our care.
Because in October He had us start a small furniture business.
Suddenly, I was overwhelmed with things.
I had to spend a lot of time praying about what God wanted me to do with each thing.
Find places to store all the things until they could be sold.
It’s been an interesting journey since then.
We’ve been blessed to pass on some things to others who need them.
We’ve enjoyed restoring many items and getting them back into usable condition.
We’ve learned a great deal about furniture, as well as great deal about ourselves.
There’s been times when we acquired an item and I’d want to keep it.
But, God had already laid the groundwork, nothing belongs to me, so I’m able to do whatever God leads.
Nothing is more important to me than Jesus.
Sometimes, His will is for an item to stay with us.
At least for now.
But through it all I’ve been so blessed to be able to “let go”.
For nothing on this Earth is permanent.
Nothing material will make it into heaven, only the souls of those who put their trust in Jesus Christ.
Paul said it best:
Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV — Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for all Your blessings. Thank You for teaching me how to trust You and not to put my expectations into stuff. Lord, thank You for walking with me, Your patience is amazing! I know You hold me in Your hands and are with me at all times. Lord, please never allow me to be choked and distracted by the cares of this world, but instead to use all You have placed in my hands for Your kingdom. Jesus, I want my treasure to be in heaven. You know that sometimes I forget and struggle with trying to treasure things here on Earth. Please guard my heart from that snare. Thank You again for Your faithfulness and patience. Thank You for Your incredible ways! You truly are great and greatly to be praised! Amen.