Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

What We Treasure


How have you spent your morning?

I’ve spent mine praying.

“Thank you, Jesus for the thunder. Bring on the rain! Thank you, Jesus, for controlling the fires with the rain You sent. Send more!

“Thank you, Jesus, that no lives were lost in those atrocious fires. Be with those who lost their property. Those who lost their buildings. Their homes.

“Father, be with those who lost everything.  My heart breaks for them.”

I talked to so many people yesterday as we ran around town, getting ready for our monthly birthday party at work. Conversations were all about the fires. The people who’d had to pack up and leave their homes and most of what they owned behind.

Many I talked to said they couldn’t have done it. Others said they would have to take their pictures. (I totally understand that one! Of course, it would take an entire moving van to get all of mine, but I understand where they’re coming from.) Or the treasures they’d saved over the years.

One woman told of her friend who’d been evacuated, but went back to her home time and again for things she remembered and couldn’t live without. Happily, she had a home to go back to and was able to get out safely.

My sister, who works at one of the stores I hit in preparation for the party, gently reminded me (and the other woman who happened to be there) of the people in Joplin. They had almost no warning. No time to gather things to take with them. They were so lucky to get themselves and their children underground before the F-5 tornado wiped a clean path through their town.

They know how lucky they are to have their loved ones.

Brings a scripture to mind, doesn’t it?

Matthew 6:19-21– “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 moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Donations of money and clothes are being taken for those who lost everything in the fires. Let me know if you’d like to donate and I’ll get the specifics for you.

Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

4 thoughts on “What We Treasure

  1. Pingback: Where is your treasure? Matthew 6:19-24 « Anchor for the Soul

  2. Okay, we can stop the fires and welcome the soon-to-be rain, but can we, together, stop Irene? Yes, we can. If we join our voices and ask Jesus to intercede with the Father. Right? He calmed the sea with a rebuke. He said we can do everything He could do, if two or three of us joined voiceds. Surely the Almighty God of the Universe, Who created all the ert and the inert, can still a hurricane. What do you say? Dare we ask? Dare we believe? I think so. Yes, ma’am, I do believe.

  3. Hi Sharon! Welcome to my Small Town World!
    Yes, we can join our voices together and ask God to stop Irene. He did indeed stop the storm and calm the sea. He told us if we had faith the size of a mustard seed we can tell a mountain to move into the sea and it’ll go splash. (That’s my interpretation, btw!)
    On that note, however, I heard one of my favorite speakers say that the mountain will move if it’s God’s will. Sometimes, it’s a mountain He wants us to climb. And sometimes He’s going to split that mountain right down the middle and take us through it.
    What we can be sure of is God is with us. What more do we need?
    I’m joining with you in prayer!


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