On November 8, 1972, we sat in a plane with our pockets full of cash waiting to leave Entebbe, Uganda. The cash wasn’t ours. President Idi Amin had exiled all 580,000 Asians without Ugandan citizenship. Each family could leave with only $140. Thousands buried huge amounts of cash all over the country thinking to return someday to retrieve it. After they were gone Amin changed the currency thus rendering those caches to be filled with worthless paper. Lifetimes of hard work and saving were gone with the stroke of a pen.
The cash in our pockets was for a family immigrating to Canada. We got it into their Canadian bank account while it still had value. Never before did Jesus’ words on the Sermon on the Mount mean so much to me. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6
As fleeting as human wealth can be we can still take heart in something else from the Sermon on the Mount. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6. Our heavenly Father knows us and will provide. For this we can celebrate this Thanksgiving week. To be part of the family of God is the best thing ever!
Written by Roger Bothwell on November 23, 2016