This is so beautiful!!! I have to be honest though. I would be so distracted by this wonderful scenery. The forest would beckon to me. I would watch every squirrel and track the flight of every winged creature. I would be breathless at the colors of the leaves in the Fall. Each season would offer more for me to discover. Then at night I would be so afraid that someone could be watching me. I wouldn’t be able to see them but they would be able to see me. And don’t forget, nature is noisy. The sounds of birds singing, owls hooting, the wind rustling through the leaves, the chittering sounds at night would fight for my focus. It always does. And yet, I would love to have this space!!! I can’t help it! I would hold Bible studies here. I would homeschool here. I would… the list would go on and on. Oh, and imagine the snow!!! A winter wonderland! Ok, so you see what I mean. My focus is a bit wonky. Even so, this is the life. Books and wilderness!!! Great things have been born from this. What do you think? Would you have to fight to stay focused on the printed page if you had this view?
Let's say you have a personal library of more than 10,000 books and some land in the Catskills…http://ow.ly/h1tSn
We cannot build our own perfect kingdom on earth and ignore the fact that heaven is our inheritance. Let’s face it, life is tough. Everything won’t go as planned. It won’t be easy. To be honest, it is not supposed to be. This world is not ours.
Here on earth, we are tested and tried as if by fire to build in us strong Godly qualities that will last for eternity. God melts off the trash so he can use the best parts of us for his own everlasting purposes.
I have a new prayer of gratitude today. I thank the Lord that I have been allowed to go through certain things, so that I can build my inheritance in heaven. Even the toughest circumstances, if handled faithfully, is a treasure. It doesn’t seem that way down here. God’s ways are the exact opposite of the world’s ways. But, every day that we endure, stay faithful, and maintain our joy, we are storing up the sweetest treasures in heaven.
“Store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20