What Moths and Rust Cannot Destroy

In an attempt to cheer myself a few weeks ago, I tried to think of something I could look forward to, but it was difficult. Through a tearful struggle, I came up with a few things and kept my eyes on them with the expectation that I would be cheered once they happened. This gave me a precarious sensation of hope amidst circumstances that had been brimming with loss for several years. But… this was simply a recipe for additional disappointment.

The family gathering was cut short because I developed a migraine from fragrances. The long overdue new prescription for my eyeglasses did not improve my ability to read. The attempt to add a new food to my limited diet resulted in 3 days of pain. The drive to a familiar picnic spot exhausted me too much to leave the van once I arrived. The outside air on the first warm day in the midst of a cold winter month greeted me with dryer sheet migraine-inducing fragrances filling the neighborhood as families dried their laundry. The hoped for treasures on earth did not deliver as expected.

Hope is the confident expectation that something will happen, but how can I possibly have confidence that anything specific will happen in the future? I do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). When asked, “what do you look forward to when you get better,” how do I even know that I will “get better”? Assuming that I will and hoping for the ability to do things I used to do opens me to the likelihood of further disappointment. This is not true hope. Moths and rust destroy these earthly things.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21

While not looking forward to an earthly event may seem depressing to some, my views on this are changing. Daily unforeseen events bring joy. The unexpected lunch with a daughter, board game time with a son, and fresh flowers given to me for a vase indoors are all blessings which I enjoy very much, but they are still earthly treasures that cannot be hoped for without the potential for disappointment.

There is a treasure that will not disappoint though. This treasure is in heaven, and it is for everyone who trusts Jesus as Savior. I have the confident expectation that He is interceding on my behalf and will one day bring me safely to be with Him for eternity. He will give me everything I could possibly need, even more than I can imagine now. This is hope that moths and rust cannot destroy, and it produces joy that lasts forever. In Christ alone, my hope is found.

My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him.
Psalm 62:5

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