Monday, October 3, 2016


Last week we made a trip to the Mountain House, that's five trips this year. It's hard for me to believe we have made that trip so many times in such a short span, but we did. Our trip last week will probably be our final one and one of the purposes was for Closure. Does "Closure" really even exist?
My husband wanted to pick up the split black walnut logs that were stored in the basement of his parents home. His grandfather and my husband had split those logs years ago back on the farm when he was growing up. The wood represents a memory for my husband of his grandfather and of times they spent together on the farm.

The house is empty now, the household goods sold months ago. The outside has been kept up and mowed regularly but the flower beds that they were so proud of, are weed filled and overgrown and the fountain they loved so much, hasn't been used in almost eighteen months. Everything is a shell of what it once was.

There has been so much the Lord has shown us through this process. The biggest thing is how fleeting life is. Everything you strive to obtain in this life will be picked over by perfect strangers and sold to the highest bidder or donated to wherever or just tossed in the trash. Think about that please! How much better it would be to invest in the eternal instead of the temporal. 

We were able to take some things that held memories. Things that wouldn't mean anything to anyone else or have any value to anyone but us, that have been a blessing and a comfort to my husband. Many of those things were from his grandparents farm and stored in an attic.

The Lord has used this and continues to use this event to shown me how desperately I need a Savior. Feelings and hurts that had long been buried came to the surface with each visit. Wounds that only Jesus could heal, sin exposed that Jesus stands waiting to forgive. It is a work in progress but our Lord is so faithful in our need for Him.

It's and end of an era of sorts. My husband has had family living in that little town for over a hundred years, they are now all gone. Nothing last forever except eternity.

The house will be on the market soon, as will the small farm with the falling down buildings my husbands grandparents owned. We were able to rescue a clump of daffodils from the farm last spring, I'm hoping to see them bloom next year, it will help remind my husband and Sweet Lady of their grandmother. I'm told that little piece of property looks nothing like it did years ago.

The one thing I want to emphasis is how FAITHFUL God has been through all of this.  There were so many "but God" moments. Things that happened that shouldn't have happen, grace upon grace upon grace was given to us. So even though it is sad to see this chapter close we know God is and has been directing this and will continue to do so, this we can be sure.


NanaNor's said...

Dearest Maryann, What a wonderful testimony of the Lord's unfailing grace and mercy. Cleaning out and selling parents home is so difficult~I went through it after my dad passed and hubby went through it five years ago now. So many memories and sentimental items that you wish to save. Like you said, life is so fleeting though and before we know it we will have a permanent home, free of all pain and death.
Sending hugs your way.

Lea said...

Maryannm what a beautiful post! Such truth and life is so fleeting and if only we could remember that all that really matters is the eternal. Thanks for sharing from your heart today. Hugs!

Camille said...

What a beautiful testimony of God's faithfulness, my friend. Thank you so much for sharing your heart and your faith here with us....you are a blessing! May the Lord give much grace and strength in the coming days as you walk the path ahead with Him. And, yes...eternal things are the real and lasting things...so very, very true! Big Hugs! Camille xo

Creations By Cindy said...

Such a sweet and very REAL testimony this morning to read on God's grace and mercy. YES...the things of this life is meaningless unless done for the Glory of God and when we leave this old sin filled world we take nothing with us. May we store up treasures for the Kingdom of Christ. Hugs and blessings, Cindy