“What have you here, and whom have you here, that you have hewn a sepulcher here, as he who hews himself a sepulcher on high, who carves a tomb for himself in a rock?” (Isaiah 22:16).
I remember how every Sabbath afternoon we went out to a small nearby town with an outreach group to give Bible studies. It was known to be a very Catholic town, with a great cathedral in the main square and not much more than that. The rest were houses down several long blocks, with a few small grocery stores, a radio station and a graveyard. The home of a very fancy, cheerful elderly woman was on the other side of the graveyard. She had been widowed twenty years earlier and had decided to remain there because she spent several hours every afternoon beside her husband ‘s tomb. She missed him terribly. He had been the most precious thing in her life and everything revolved around him, even though he was no longer there She took flowers to his grave and dressed up for him before she went out.
Since I haven ‘t been in her place, I don’ t know how I would behave, and I’m not aware of the deep pain that’ s felt when experiencing a loss like hers.
However, when I think about this question God asked through His prophet, I realize that many times our greatest plans, desires, worries and treasures are here, in this world; as if the most important thing in our life were here, although we know it’s fleeting or we’ve already lost it in some cases, and as if all our future plans revolved around this earthly life. As if we were hewing our «tomb» in the safest, most promising place, or tried to build our house in the most long-lasting place.
God reminds us we’re just passing through here. This is not our final home. We shouldn’t aspire to accumulate great fame and achievements here. We shouldn’t spend our best income on a well-decorated » tomb. »
Jesus said, «Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be» (Matthew 6:19—21).
What are your thoughts fixed on today? On what are you focusing your greatest efforts? We have nothing here, and we’ll take none of it with us. Let’s pray to put things in perspective today.