It’s strange to think that this time next week everything that we currently know will be different. Everything that we do now will be reorganised in different ways, from the way we cook to the way we sleep; and even the way we go about going to the toilet.
Yesterday we headed off to Southampton Boat Show, not just for a bit of a nose around other boats that we could never afford (a major appeal of the show to myself), but to buy those last few items for our preparations to the boat. Amongst the bits and bobs we bought was the glamorous Portaloo for on board use (cheaper than installing a holding tank) and a brand new hatch for the coach roof.
It’s hard not to sometimes feel a bit of ‘stinginess’ towards buying these things as we’ve had to sell nearly all our Worldly possessions in order to afford them.
This weekend I finally say goodbye to the XBox, and we will put my gorgeous Les Paul guitar and amp up for sale. These things I have found so hard to part from and I will be sad to see them go but I reminded of the passage in the Gospel of Matthew (6:19-21)
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
So when I feel sad about the loss of my possessions and grumpy over the thought that the money from these things goes to buy mundane equipment like hatches, I will keep in mind that we are following God’s plan for us and that these things will only wither, rust, die and, in time, be gone.
Anyway, time to head off to Pinafore for some more handiwork and preparations.. this time next week we’ll be living aboard!!! I’ll leave you with a picture of lil’ S enjoying her berth…