We know Whitby quite well, we visit regularly, and it was the obvious place to celebrate our silver wedding last year. It is full of nooks and crannies, built in a valley, with strands of fishing, smuggling, dyeing, jewellery making, boat building all woven in.
The north Yorkshire coast is slowly crumbling into the sea, that is well known, so it has come as a surprise to see land overlooking the river sliding, and 5 houses now in the process of being demolished.
One lady was explaining this morning, standing only a short distance from her home, how she has had half an hour to go in and rescue personal possessions, the rest is out of bounds and is effectively gone. She will see it being removed over the next days.
What would you go and rescue, if it was you? Would it be valuable items that are intrinsically valuable, like jewellery? Or would it be things that technically have no value, expect to you – things like photographs and letters?
Like the parable says, barns are not the place to collect and store up wealth – they can disappear overnight.
If you have been growing in faith, and have seen God in action in your life and those around you, then you will have some idea of what storing up treasure in heaven actually means. It is not about doing things to earn brownie points in heaven. It is about realising what actually is of eternal value and has been given for all to receive and share.