Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV)
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
I am on a business trip at the home office. The meeting is all day Thursday and part day on Friday. Last night we had a meeting at a local restaurant that I’ve eaten at numerous times in the last 15 years. It’s in a really nice section of town. We were finishing up dinner when one of my coworkers received a phone call. “Hey it’s you” he said and gave me the phone. I picked up the phone and listened but there was nothing there. They asked me why my phone would be calling him. I told them android phones do that at times, just ask my wife!
We get ready to leave and I saw it. Someone had taken a bat and broken my passenger side window and stole my phone. It was like my phone was calling the guy across the table and asking for someone to save it. Of course, no one did!
I asked the Lord for help. A plan came to mind and I pursued it including getting a replacement phone. I borrowed my bosses phone and called Julia first thing. We had what I would call a vigorous discussion about my leaving the phone in the car. She has warned me repeatedly about it. I wasn’t worried about it though. I knew right where it was. It was right by my ipod. Oh by the way, did I mention that I can’t find my ipod either? She was right and I was wrong. That’s not the issue here. The issue is she is my God given partner in life. By divine right She has a say in my life. The Lord speaks to her just as surely as He does me. He just speaks to her differently than me.
As I worked through the evening issues with insurance, and car window repairs many thoughts came to mind. Forgiveness was one. So I asked the Lord to forgive the little tattooed, skin headed weasel that stole my stuff. Before I said amen, I asked the Lord for painful boils, razor burn on his head and infected tattoo’s and other physical afflictions as well. I wanted to make sure I did the “Christian” thing and forgave the little thief!
As I am prone to do, I asked the Lord what was the lesson here? What is there for me to learn through this? There are a number of obvious lessons.
First of all, stuff doesn’t matter. I am a stuff’s kinda guy. I have a lot of stuff, although not as much as I had when I left home yesterday. The scriptures tell us not to put our trust in rust (my version).
The second lesson is forgiveness. Clearly I understand that (see my above prayer for forgiveness).
The next question was a bit more complicated. “Where was the protection we prayed about before I left home?” I truly wasn’t upset, but I thought it was a legitimate question. Well the Lord protected me by not allowing me to go outside and catch him. I would have gone after him. I know I would have. Then the Lord spoke to my heart about being 60, being overweight with a bad shoulder and arm and attacking a 25 year old thief that just used a baseball bat to break into my car. I got the picture! (Thanks Lord.)
Part of that question was why didn’t you warn me? Well the answer is simple. He did warn me. Many times through Julia he warned me. I chose to ignore it. I will not ignore her again!
Through God’s mercy and grace I’m simply out a phone and an ipod that my insurance will most likely cover. But I am also a much wiser man.
Lord: Thank you so much for your grace and mercy.