My daughter and I are watching through Monk. I have decided that I like the show but Monk, his character, drives me nuts. Right now, he is arguing to keep the parking garage where his wife died 10 years ago. He has trouble letting go of things. He is adamant about keeping this parking garage because it is the last thing that his wife saw before she died. He would rather keep this parking garage instead of building a playground because he can not let go.
There is this movie called, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" about the artist, Banksy and how he befriends this French shopkeeper, Thierry Guetta. Thierry has some issues and they talk about it on the film where his mother died when he was young and since then, he has been taking pictures. It's almost as if he is afraid of forgetting moments because life is fleeting. I understand this need to hold on.
My father had trouble after my mother died. He felt the need to hold on to things long after he should have let go. He held on to her clothes and the things she would keep in her junk drawers. He found it hard to let go of her things. My husband lost his mother the same year that I lost my mother and he had a similar issue. He would definitely hold on to things. He was a collector. I find myself holding on to things as well. Not all of the time but enough. I have a drawing of Sonic that David drew when he was like 7 years old on my refrigerator. It brings me to a simpler time.
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." Everything will disappear. All the junk that we collect will pass away and should pass away but here is the hope that we have. The hope that we have is that God and His eternal words can be trusted to be relied on. And here is the thing, we don't have to hold on. We could get rid of everything and it will be okay. We can rely on God to sustain us. Praise the Lord!!!