Monday, October 16, 2006


God has given our family a gift: the person from whom we bought our house 11 years ago approached us and asked to "redeem" her house--and for a nice sum! We are moving to 1 and a 1/2 acres with woods, and a place to make into a Missionary Apartment, which has always been a desire of my heart! As we have been immersed in packing up our precious books, thinking about new flooring in our new home, trying to figure out how we will arrange the furniture, I was challenged by a message on Hebrews 12 yesterday. Verses 26 &27 say:

"Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven." This expression "yet once more" denotes the removing of things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

My shakeable things are my books, my good coffee, my sewing machine, my garden, my house, and perhaps my computer (not sure about that one)--these are all good gifts from the Father of lights, but am I banking on them? or holding tightly to them? May I hold them all up to HIM on open palms, so if He chooses to take them, I will tightly cling to "the kingdom that cannot be shaken." "For things that are seen are temporal--they will crumble, but things that are unseen are eternal.

May God help me, and you, to look beyond the seen things today, and gaze upon the unseen, the ETERNAL. Let us richly enjoy all the benefits God has loaded upon us, but not let them twine themselves around our hearts and strangle our true Source of Joy!