My folks have now both passed away and my brother has the dubious honor of taking care of their estate and following their wishes for the distribution of our inheritance.  My folks were very good at taking care of their assets and my siblings and I have benefited greatly.  We have all been blessed beyond our imagination.

The inheritance from my folks is not infinite.  It will eventually dwindle and be gone.  I pray that my husband and I are as good at taking care of our assets as my parents were but if we are not diligent it will disappear, never to be see again.

As I was reading 1 Peter 1:3-4, it speaks of another inheritance.  This being Easter weekend it is especially apropos.  Peter wrote, ”Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”

The first thing that caught my eye was what it said about inheritance.  The inheritance from God will never perish, spoil or fade and it’s kept safe for me in heaven.  My inheritance from my folks doesn’t even come close to God's inheritance because it will disappear and is only good here, on this planet.

God’s mercy. That’s the second thing.  I will never totally comprehend God’s deep love for me.  I have to accept it on faith that Jesus lived, died and rose again for me.  He bought me with his blood so that I may be a child of God, to inherit what is kept safe for me in heaven.  I am humbled to be thoroughly known but still completely loved by God.  Undeserved mercy.

Third, I am shielded by God’s power.  I always need to remember this when the world around me is in chaos or not going according to my control.  And that’s humorous because we all know there is only one thing we are in control of and that’s our attitude.  It’s really a relief if you really stop to consider.  God’s power.  Help me to stand steady and wait for it.

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