Recently my mother was going through my fathers things and found a small cardboard box about 2 inches by 3 inches. She gave it to me and said she thought I might like to have it.
It contained a mix of small items and left me wondering why he had kept them. It contains and old paper covered 12 gauge shotgun shell, five 22 caliber cartridges, an old square cut nail, two sets of cufflinks, a 1-1/2 inch high oriental carving, two car key ID tags from the 50’s, a tire valve stem removing tool, a button in the shape of a small dog, a lapel pin with the word “Sunbeam” on it and a hat pin. It caused me to wonder why a nearly 80 year old man would have these things in a box in a drawer in his bedroom.
Of course I didn’t have to wonder for long as I thought about my own life and realize I have a little box similar to his in a drawer in my bedroom. I’ve had it since I was a youngster and it too contains a variety of items I collected in my youth for one reason or another. But now in my 70’s why do I still have them… these pieces of useless junk. I think it is because it somehow connects me to my youth. It contains dreams and memories and in some ways even hopes I had in my youth.
Perhaps you have a box of your own and can understand. Our life is partially sustained and motivated by our hopes and dreams isn’t it? Those dreams of our youth, our vision for the future if you will, for the most part direct our decisions and the direction of our lives.
Isn’t that what God has done for mankind? He has kept us, loved us; saved us, even though we at times are pretty much useless, even when most of the world would have thrown us away.
Why would he do that when so often it seems in our minds that we fail him and others in our lives? Notice what he tells the prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29:11-13 about his plans for Israel. God Says: “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you. You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.”
So, what’s in your memory box? What is it that you treasure? Hopefully it is those things that will cause you to seek God with all of your heart.