Our house was put on the market a few months ago, and we’ve had several showings. But it appeals to a small niche, since it is a horse property, so it will take a while to sell.
Meanwhile, I’m in a constant state of not knowing how much longer I’ll be at this house, and it’s hard to handle the uncertainty. I need to be ready to leave at any time, which is very unsettling.
No One Knows the Hour
It then occurred to me that this is exactly how we should approach our earthly existence.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:36 NIV “But about that day or hour on one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
My life could end at any moment and I should be putting all my efforts into getting my soul in order.
Again, in Luke 12:40, NIV Christ warns: “You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
If my soul is ready to meet the Lord, then it doesn’t matter whether or when my body will move to another house. As long as I’m in right standing before God, I can be at peace. The unsettled feeling will disappear and I’ll be able to say with honesty, “Thy will be done.”
The house will sell when God wishes it, and that is all I need to know.
But it will be hard. When we move, the horses will no longer live with us but have to be boarded somewhere, and I’ll have a tough time relinquishing control over their welfare.
God is reminding me that He is in control, not me, and everything I have is from Him. I own nothing: He has simply loaned me things and creatures.
As my parish priest says, adoring God leads us to love people and use things for the greater glory of God. We're not at liberty to use people and love things.
I must be willing to hand everything back to Him when He asks, and in the meantime not get too attached to anything, anyone or any place.
My thoughts and heart and treasure must be stored up in Heaven, where I hope to live forever.
But it's so hard in practice!