“Yes, we will take it, and it will do fine!” My soon-to-be husband handed the landlady $10 for the first week’s rent.
This tiny one-room, embracing a wall-bed, a small kitchen and shared bath was to be our new home for the next few months. I was so excited then, but thinking back now it makes me chuckle.
I remember our next apartment seemed like a mansion to me! Two flights of stairs leading to a place to call home. Now we had our own private bathroom, a large living room, a separate bedroom and a small kitchen.
This new apartment had everything! It even included a wash room in the basement with a coin-operated wringer washing machine! Convenience was everywhere! To dry our clothes all we had to do was step outside the washroom door, hang them on the clothes lines, and the wind would whip them dry! Yes, we were moving on up.
Since that time, we have lived in larger grander apartments and in luxurious houses. More humble abodes have also included a camper trailer and mobile homes. No matter where I found myself I was happy in every one of those places. It was not because of a fine residence but because I chose to be happy.
Living in a million dollar house does not bring you happiness. Happiness is a learned choice. Being happy, regardless of your situation is absolutely and undeniably a decision.
Learning to hold our belongings with a hand that is open not clutching or grasping brings peace and builds our faith in the Lord. Hold lightly the things that are seen. It is those things that are not seen that are the most valuable!
In the book of Revelation is says; “Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and don’t know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:.”
One day, we will leave our homes, beautiful or wretched as they may be, and we will be called to Move on up to a higher place to live.
Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you and where I am there you will be also.”
Isn’t that great? No matter what your present living quarters are like now, in the near future we will be “Moving on UP” to a better place that God is building for us!