PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Yesterday, my mom and I picked up some of my grandmother’s jewelry that we had repaired, including Mamo’s original wedding/engagement rings and a cocktail ring.
These pieces are worth more to me than the crown jewels of London.
It’s not about monetary value.
Actually, I have no idea what they are worth financially.
It’s the sentimental value that makes them priceless in my eyes.
Mom and I went to lunch after we left the jewelers and talked about how glad Mamo would be that we are wearing and enjoying her jewelry.
With further reflection about that conversation, I have a little different viewpoint on it.
I do believe that the earthly version of my grandmother would be thrilled.
But my Mamo is with Jesus.
She walks on streets that are paved with gold.
Her jewelry pales in comparison to where she is and Who she’s with.
Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21 ESV).
So my grandmother left these pieces behind and I’m confident that she’s not pining for her jewelry in heaven.
The value we place on things here on earth is not the same that we’ll have in heaven.
The jewelry that represents my Mamo and even the most priceless jewels in the world are completely worthless in the heavenly perspective.
And to be honest, that makes my sentimental heart weep.
But I’m looking at things right now from the only point of view I have.
Right now, I’m wearing this jewelry and it serves as a reminder of a woman I’ve loved my whole life.
And I have to confess something.
After all, we’re all friends here, right?
I’ve actually prayed that God would spare things I’m sentimental about and make sure they find a place in my Heavenly mansion that Jesus is working on for me.
I know God has to laugh at my naivety sometimes.
I know He’s planning something far more incredible for me.
Plus, I’ll actually be with my grandparents again!
I’d trade the jewelry for that any day.
All this to say—I’m working on reminding myself of the importance of perspective.
I’m grateful for these gifts that remind me of Mamo but I pray that the Holy Spirit will use them to help me remember where she is, not reflect on where she was.
Today, as you pray, thank God that He is preparing a place beyond our imaginations.
Thank Him that the things we value and hold dear now will evaporate in comparison to what is coming.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you prioritize what you value from a heavenly perspective versus an earthly one.