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What’s in Your Trunk?

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Seemingly timeless but battle worn the weight of the aged steam trunk lid slowly creaks opens, its hinges crackling, unveiling the first wave of mustiness. Each treasure within, has a story to tell, embalmed in layers of its own dust. Once new they, like all, surrendered to the passing of time.  You’ve probably opened up an old trunk like this at some point in your life, or have one tucked away buried deep in a basement or attic. As much as we try to preserve those things we treasure, the law of entropy is greatly unforgiving to all! But what if we could?  What if you and I had a trunk in which to place ageless treasures?  Those things that not only wouldn’t age, but couldn’t decay or become moth-eaten.  They would constantly remain as relevantly fresh and full of useful beauty as the day we placed them there.

A few months ago, a good friend of mine loaned me a book called, The Trunk, by Jean McClure.  Jean, a pastor’s wife, along with her husband Don McClure, have been serving the Lord side by side since 1968, passionately teaching and sharing God’s Word and His faithfulness over decades. In her book, you sense as she writes, that you are sitting down, coffee cup in hand, with an old friend who is pouring out from the depths of her heart all the gems of her life’s lessons.  She opens up her trunk of treasures and pulls out the myriad of ways God has led her, taught her, corrected her, inspired her, protected her, and been ever faithful to her all her days.

Her life’s journey unfolds through:

  • her childhood and teen years learning to surrender her will and letting God lead
  • the call to motherhood, which included accidentally driving over her son with the family car (sorry for the spoiler, but I thought you’d want to know he does survive!)
  • witnessing firsthand revival and miracles
  • facing her own road of cancer and other family illnesses
  • choosing to dwell on His goodness instead of complaining…

Her story will make you cry and laugh (sometimes in the same sentence!), relate in some way, and be thoroughly encouraged in God’s Word and His faithfulness.

She wrote to her granddaughter, Paige, and told her to write down all the miracles so that you can be encouraged on bad days.  When you’re old you can tell your children.

“We often miss the miracles because we either explain them away or simply don’t look for them. Look for the miraculous and remember to thank God. Perhaps you say,’ I don’t have any blessings. Life has been unfair and hard. God has done nothing for me.’ If you cannot find anything to thank God for, you can thank Him for this: He died for you because He loves you, and that is your miracle!”

As I was reading this book, I couldn’t help but want to gather all the years of my treasures and place them together in a trunk.  My trunk!  I’ll admit,  I’m not one to keep up very well with a life journal. I greatly admire those who do!  Sometimes, I have greatly regretted my lack of consistency, but most the time, I feel like who really wants to read the things I’m doing or feeling everyday and be bored to tears!

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{photo courtesy of my daughter}

But what about a trunk, a journal record, of all of what God has done {and continues to do}?

The main focus is not of me, but of Him.

All those countless times He is has shown up in small and big ways in my life. The answers to prayer, the miracles, the life lessons and priceless ways He has revealed His character of love, faithfulness, goodness, and beauty, which can not decay or be ensnared in any way by the age of time.

I began recounting some of the items to place in my own trunk:

  • my own, possible but not probable, birth
  • my husband’s deliverance through a den of snakes and nearly being sawn in two
  • stories of God’s miraculous deliverance
  • the adventurous years of homeschooling
  • lessons learned from life’s losses and gains, rescues and healings…

He has ever been faithfully teaching, instructing, guiding, correcting, exhorting, encouraging, patiently nudging, forgiving, empowering, answering and so on over and over again!

His promises and Word are full of treasures to be bequeathed from one generation to the next.

He told His children in Joshua 4 to set up stones of remembrance of God’s faithfulness as ageless reminders to future generations of His miraculous deliverance.

Why not do the same to encourage future generations to fight the good fight, keep the faith, finish the race well? 

These are the timeless treasures of His character and Word which will always hold the sweet fragrance of newness each time the trunk is opened and the treasures re-experienced.

Not only was The Trunk a great read, but for me, a spark, to fill my own trunk with God’s priceless treasures.

      What about you? Do you have a trunk? Will you keep one?

“I will remember the works of the Lord;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
I will also meditate on all Your work,
And talk of Your deeds.
 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary;
Who is so great a God as our God?  You are the God who does wonders;
You have declared Your strength among the peoples.”

Psalm 77:11-14

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