Several years ago, after valiantly evading Istanbul’s 5 million carpet hawkers lining the entrance into the Grand Bazaar, we searched for “the perfect” Turkish tea set. The options were myriad. Alas, I got sidetracked by jewels, and after using our stash or lira on amber and various other pieces of genuine fake jewelry, we gave up our quest for tea cups and settled on a hand-painted bowl instead. But, we often recalled that dazzling day and pined for a Turkish tea set, so you can imagine my flush of pleasure on spying a similar set for a song in Tunisia last summer! I bought it instantly and could hardly wait to present my prize to Alan. Sadly, I did not oversee how the shop keeper packaged the treasure, and the beautiful mirrored, enamel tray splintered beyond repair in my luggage before I returned to America. Alan was still pleased,
and our tea set occupies a space of distinction in our living room, but I remembered back to the time Alan graciously hand-carried a set of water glasses home from Venice for us. They all survived in tact and are still as good as new today. It occurs to me that in transporting things we truly treasure, we should personally oversee the entire process. Sound right? Did you know that once we put our trust in God and become his child, we become His treasure, bought with the price of his Son’s precious blood, and God personally oversees our transport to heaven? It says in the scripture that we are “sealed” by the Holy Spirit, who is the unseen Presence guiding us, leading us, and carrying us from this life to heaven. Precious Comforter of God! Like a tea cup inside a box flying over the ocean, we may not see the Hand that carries us, but He will deliver us safely at the end into God’s Kingdom of Light, where God will take joy in us (and we in Him) forever!
“God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.”“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”
(2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
“We should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:12-14)