The Hurricane Box

When I first moved to coastal South Carolina years ago, I was told I needed to put together a “hurricane box” so that I would have all my important stuff in one place in the event my husband at the time and I had to evacuate for a hurricane. Such was the life, I discovered, of living in a part of the country that had “hurricane seasons”. I had no trouble finding a box, but I had a problem with packing it. More accurately, I had trouble packing “them”. For I was so attached to my possessions at the time, and so attached to the things and people of this world, that it would have been impossible to pack all the stuff I would have wanted to take with me if we were evacuated. But times have changed because my greatest treasures are no longer on this earth.

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I moved away from South Carolina for 4.5 years, and when I returned had to prepare another hurricane box. Now my hurricane box isn’t even full. But my heart is overflowing. For the more I have filled my heart with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ, and with studying the Bible, and the more I am learning to live according to the ways of the Lord rather than the ways of this world, the more I find myself “laying up treasures in heaven” instead of in my house and on this earth. When once my greatest priorities were people and stuff, now my number one priority is the Lord and my greatest physical possession is the Bible. I love people, and I love my ministry’s 17 mostly special needs and senior rescued dogs, but my heart is above all else with the Lord who lives in heaven and His Holy Spirit who lives inside my heart. And the more I seek Him, and the more I follow Him, the more I discover the stuff that once seemed so important doesn’t need to be squeezed inside my hurricane box. For in the event of an evacuation, I know the most beautiful thing I will take with me is already everywhere I go. The Lord.

God teaches us in His Word that our treasures should be in heaven rather than on earth where they can all fall apart or go away anyway. And He tells us our heart will be where we keep our treasures. He also tells us our minds should be focused on what is above, and it is that – and whom – we should seek! The Lord!

 Mat 6:19  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 
Mat 6:20  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 

Col 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 
Col 3:2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 
Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 

Are your home and heart and life filled with stuff and attachments to earthly things, or are they filled with the love and ways of the Lord Jesus Christ? Is it time to let go of some of what you are holding onto? What would you pack in a hurricane box? Is the Lord your number one priority? Is it time to give away to those in need, and to others who might be blessed, some of the stuff you are keeping to yourself? May your greatest treasure be the Lord – and His Word, and a commitment to live for Him, and to live by His Word. 

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