When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans in 2005, the young college graduate grabbed the things most valuable to her. Her treasures in the storm were a television set, a DVD player, some money, and her clothes.
The television news crew found her sitting on a curb in front of what had once been her apartment, crying. She’d saved her electronics while an elderly neighbor drown and a family member died.
We often say with sincerity that we don’t put much importance on material things. The words slide over our lips with ease as we talk about our willingness to sacrifice for Jesus. Then disaster strikes and we throw our hands into the air demanding an accounting from God. It’s surrender, but on our own terms.
Jesus reminded His followers to not lay up treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19, 20). Treasures are the things we value. When we have but moments to act, the treasures of our hearts are often revealed. The young woman in New Orleans revealed her treasures.
The things of this world are passing away. Television sets, clothes, houses and friends are all in a continual state of decay and loss. They may take years to vanish, but other times are gone as quickly as a wave washes upon the shore.
If you follow the trail of your treasures, you’ll find your heart (Matthew 6:21). Treasure things eternal. Make a living, thriving relationship with the Creator of the universe and the godliness He produces your eternal treasures. These can never be taken away.