April 22, 2013

Robbed But Not Defeated

We were robbed last Friday. While we were at work someone broke into the house and stole some things. I won't go into details, but I have to say that I was disappointed. It was disturbing to know that someone had entered my house and looked through all my stuff....and made a big mess. Drawers were dumped out, a table turned over, even Q-Tips were strewn everywhere!

And they took the pillow case off my bedding that I got for my birthday last year! The nerve!

While it is a sad thing to lose your things, I was able to keep it all in perspective given the recent tragedies in Boston and West. What's a few electronics in the face of death and destruction?

All in perspective.

And of course, there is the security that knowing God is present in all our circumstances...good or bad. When my husband called me to tell me the news and I got into the car to head home, the song that began to play on the radio was Blessed Be Your Name. Yes, indeed! Whether the sun is shining down on me or my road is marked with suffering, still I will always say..."Blessed Be Your Name, LORD!"

God also spoke to my heart in Bible class Sunday morning. Listen to our scripture for the class:

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  Matthew 6: 19-21

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “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. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6: 25-34


Amazing, isn't it? I love that God reminded me that my treasure is not here on earth. It is stored in heaven, awaiting me there. I love that He reminded me that I do not need to worry about "things". I don't need to worry because He will take care of me and my family. He loves us so and has showed us through all the hugs, prayers, calls, texts, and emails.

I am so incredibly blessed to have a God and friends who care and love so unconditionally.

14 comments:

  1. Oh, so sorry. What goes around, comes around. I hope the felons are caught and your items returned.

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    1. Thanks, CJ. I know it happens, but it just isn't a very good experience. :)

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  2. Sherrinda! I am so sorry about what happened. It must be very comforting to feel God's presence during this time--and know His blessings are far more than "things." I'll keep you in my prayers, friend!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! I sure appreciate the prayers. And yes...to have God speak to my heart in such a way was the best comfort ever.

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  3. OH my! I am so sorry to hear this. Thankful that you and your family weren't home and are okay. Praying for you guys. Big hugs!

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    1. Hugs back at you, Jessica! I'm also soooo thankful no one was home at the time. I cannot imagine the trauma! But God is good, isn't He to keep us safe?

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  4. I'm sorry! I'm glad you're all okay, and I hope the culprits are found. Thank you for the reminder, too, that stuff is just...stuff.

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    1. Thanks, Erica! I think it is good to remember that this stuff that we have isn't all that important in the light of HIS presence.

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  5. Sherrinda, I'm so sorry. I've never been the victim of a robbery, but Gwynly was. He says it makes a person feel so violated, not to mention unsafe. I hope the robbers are caught.

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    1. Thank you, Keli. Your husband is right...there is this unease that I have when entering the house alone. I hope this passes soon!!! :)

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  6. Your words today are a sweet savor. Someone reading this post will be hurting and especially touched by it. I am praying God touches you and your family with blessings ten fold

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    1. Thank you, Mary. You are ever the encourager!

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  7. God comforted your heart even as Satan grated your emotions. Blessed Be Your Name is an anthem to the power of good over evil. Keep storing those treasures in heaven. No one will be able to pull your pillowcase off there!(The nerve!!)

    I'm sorry for the disturbance in your life, Sherrinda. There's nothing worse than knowing someone violated your private space. May God heal your heart and wrap you in His love, and shoo away all eerie feelings!

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    1. Yes, Audra! That is exactly what my prayers are..to shoo away all eerie feelings! (because I definitely have them!) Thank you, friend.

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