In one’s lifetime there will always come a time of decision; What must I surrender to the trash bin? In a previous blog I mentioned that we (my wife and I) were confronted with a new decision, brought about by some health considerations, to move to more accommodating surroundings; i.e. a Senior Living Center.
Our home of some thirty years and many possessions of a lifetime of over eighty, are now subjected to scrutiny and disposition. Timid and selective at first, we placed things into piles for later consideration. Soon it became obvious that we were just treading water.
Amazingly, throwing away is a little like eating potato chips; one e you have started you just can’t stop. Tons of stuff, once thought somewhat vital to our well-being or comfort were cast away or found a home elsewhere. The closing of my art studio for instance required that I find a home for many, many art works. I had long been convinced that there would come another opportunity to sell them. This was all a matter of pride; their value a matter of what they would bring in the marketplace. Their value and disposition was in fact , and is, a matter for the Giver of all Gifts to decide. Some I had promised the Spirit that I would never sell; those were ones of biblical content that I showed in Churches and a few public areas over the years. Some were a simple recounting of God’s work round about us in nature and His many creations.
God said; “It is important that you give them away selectively rather than for someone else to do it”. So it is with many of our other belongings that have family history. While it was speculated that E-Bay and Craigslist could hardly wait to sell these things. we found little desire to pursue it.
God has placed us in a position of steady release of those things that we covet and feel necessary for our comfort and well being; that seem as some kind of representation of who we are. In this He has purpose; that we recognize the catharsis of surrender; once undertaken, we cannot stop.
We are not nearly purged of this stuff, but we are getting there with a small series of “thank you’s ” that we are sharing with the Lord, now with the question; “Lord, why did you not think of this sooner?” I will not share His reply.
The Lord further spoke to us clearly in His Word as found in Hebrews 10:35; “Do not, therefore (however), fling away your fearless confidence, for it contains great and glorious compensation and reward”.
Releasing much of us that ties us to this world and it’s perceived pleasures leaves us with the greater understanding that we must surrender our supposed securities to the knowledge that in doing so, it will make the way forward with gifts founded only in Him and His love.
Thank you Lord, we needed that. His reply? “I know!”.