Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
This has been an exciting week. Luke and Brianna signed the lease for the apartment they will live in after getting married and all of us helped move their stuff into this new home. Three vehicles and one trailer filled with household goods and furniture transported their belongings from one place to another. We packed and moved box after box. Whew! What a big job. But that’s what you do on move-in day!
All this excitement and flurry took me back to 1989 when Dad and I set up housekeeping at our first little apartment. We rented a small, one-bedroom unit in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, where we packed in all our earthly belongings. We didn’t have much at first –wedding gifts and a number of second hand furniture – but it was home for us.
This tiny place was ours for the first four years of our marriage. We enjoyed living there, but always knew it was temporary. We didn’t spend much money to fix things up or even decorate as we were both very frugal and wanted to save our money for when we got our “real home.”
Four years later we packed up our things and moved to Ohio. Here we purchased a small house on Main Street. It was a great starter home, but again we knew it would be temporary and spent only as much money as was needed to make it comfortable and pleasant.
Finally, in 1995, we purchased the home we live in now. This farmhouse was just what Dad and I had always dreamed of owning. It was in great disrepair and over the years we have sunk quite a bit of cash into bringing it back to life. All of you kids have spent your growing up years here and I hope you have enjoyed the freedom and opportunity that a country home can bring.
While we have settled in this place where we wanted to stay, I have come to realize that nothing has really changed. This brick two-story and lovely property is still not our “real home.” As the old country hymn states, “This world is not my home. I’m just a-passin’ through . . .” Our real and final home is way beyond the blue in heaven. All the fixing up and money spent on any home here is only for a short stay. That’s why it is important to keep the right perspective about this life. It is only temporary. Making an eternal investment in our heavenly home a priority is the wisest thing to do.
I am so excited for Luke and Brianna as they set up housekeeping and start their lives together. If they are like us, they will probably live in a number of different places before they reach their “real home.” But even that will not be their final dwelling. For Christians the last move will be the easiest. We will leave our dwellings and stuff here, and settle down in heaven for eternity. And what a move-in day that will be!