28-29 And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. (NIV)
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. One thing you lack, He said. Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me. (NIV)
The second time I was in a caregiver role it was fortunate my Mom was living and serving God at a Christian Camp, near me, in upstate New York. She was safe while hurricane Charley decimated her southern trailer in Punta Gorda. She was faced with giving up material possessions. I was able to go to Florida with her and together we closed that chapter of her life.
Let me give a little background. Before my dad retired, my mom was what is called a “clothes horse”. She wore beautiful garments and was partial to hats. But the retirement dream was to sell, or give away, nearly everything, to trailer a houseboat around the country. She gave up the clothes, the house, the car and all the sentimental trappings acquired over years of marriage and children.
After traveling, and the down turn in investments, they lived in a small villa that came with the job my dad took as a maintenance man for a condominium complex. My mom went back to work too. After that they moved to a trailer which is where my Dad passed away. Finally, after hurricane Charley, mom came north permanently and lived alone in a small, three room apartment at the camp. There she continued to work up to age 83 when she passed away from complications due to surgery. She truly lived a life of trusting the Lord to provide for her and He always did. With each turn of events she grew closer to Him and she relied less on having the things of this world.
What value to you place on your possessions? Are you trusting God to provide for you no matter what you have had to give up to care for your loved one? Some choices, my parents made. There were some choices made for them. The earthly treasures were stripped away until all that was left was trust in God.
Lord, You should be my everything. There are things I have given up and missed. Help me continue in Your provision. Let me put my action of serving You above the material things of this earth. In Your name I pray, amen.