Monday, May 01, 2006

Reflecting on the "Moveables"

Wow. It's been a long time since the last post! Things have been kind of crazy around here. Let me share some of the events that have taken place over the last month or so:

1. Daniel is very healthy and growing well. He loves to smile and laugh, and we love to play with him. It's amazing how fast he's growing up! Yikes! We have lots of new pics here:

2. Carrie is starting to feel better. After some complications following delivery that left her very run down and a little discouraged, she is beginning to progress and regain some strength and energy. She has had such a wonderful attitude through it all; I'm very thankful for my wife!

3. Okay, this one wins the award for the most outrageous event of my life. On Tuesday, April 4, I was out at the church working at my office. I received a phone call from a man who called himself Josh. The short version of the story is that I spent several hours on the phone and in person with this man that day. He turned out to be a con artist who preyed on my compassion and relative innocence. He stole property from me and a lot of money. Unfortunately, that "short version" leaves more questions than answers, but the "long version" is much too long and very disturbing for me still. To be taken advantage of emotionally is a very difficult thing. God has been good through it all, and I have learned a lot. The police and other security personnell have not been very helpful, and we're still waiting to hear back from the bank's investigative department about whether they will give us our money back. Please pray about this situation.

4. The semester is pretty much over...sort of. I have quizzes and a Hebrew exam to take on Wednesday. Then I have to finish a correspondence course by the end of May.

5. Carrie's dad is getting married on May 27 and Nathan Glasser is getting married the next Saturday. Carrie and Daniel and I will be in GA from May 26 through June 4 for those weddings.

6. Now, the "moveables." I titled this post, "Reflecting on the Moveables" because of a line from one of Rutherford's letters to Lady Kenmure when her husband, Lord Kenmure, passed away. He wrote,

"Your Lord never thought this world's vain painted glory a gift worthy of you; and therefore would not bestow it on you, because he is to provide you with a better portion. Let the moveables go, the inheritance is yours. You are a child of the house, and joy is laid up for you."
Rutherford was so focussed on heavenly realities that he could view every earthly treasure a "moveable." My son is a "moveable." My wife and our health are "moveables." My money is a "moveable." I dare not hold so tightly to those transient pleasures that I forsake the eternal rewards that are laid up for me. I must learn to "let the moveables go."
I hope to get back to blogging a little more regularly. I trust you all are doing well. Thanks for stopping by!


Anonymous said...

Will and Carrie (although she doesn't write :) I love you both and I'm praying for you. I'm sorry to hear about that trouble with your finances, but your perspective was a great challenge and when these "issues" bring you further along in the sanctification process...then it is worth it. For He gets the Glory! You have a beautiful son...or should I say handsome.

Will said...

Thanks, Erin. God is so good, even when circumstances don't seem to be. If there's one thing this con artist situation has helped me realize, it's that my possessions really are just "moveables." May God be pleased to give me grace to "let the moveables go."

LMLogan said...

wow will!! alot has happened - I heard carrie was in the hospital and hope she's doing better!!

thank God for all the little blessing and trials - what a great teaching opportunity (although not fun!) :)

send my love to carrie and little one!

Will said...

Well, apparently, that's a common misconception. She didn't actually have to be in the hospital. But thanks for your prayers. She's doing much better and improving every day!

K.M. Borg said...

Wonderful words from Rutherford thanks for sharing them, may none of tarry in the ways of this world but let us hold fast to Christ.

journeyer said...

Thanks for the thoughts Will, I appreciated them. I too have recently been convicted of my "here and now" attitude. It's good to be reminded of eternity.