About the time I was born, my father began collecting silver dollars. When they would be used in the bar or restaurant, he would squirrel them away in a bank deposit bag. It was his version of a 529 Plan. He had a sense that many of them would be worth more than their $1 face value.
He kept the bag carefully hidden among the canned food supplies in the restaurant pantry. So far as he knew, only he and my mom knew of their whereabouts. It was a surefire plan…except it didn’t work. He discovered one night as he went to put a few more coins in the bag that it was missing.
A few days later, the local grocer mentioned a young man from the community who was buying a lot of stuff with silver dollars. The stolen coins…my college fund. Sadly, the grocer was not the kind of man who would return the coins to my father. The young boy had spent the vast majority of them around town. Unfortunately, the boy was a friend and my dad didn’t want to cause him problems, so nothing was ever done.
Whether it’s a can in the back yard, a bag in the bottom of the freezer, or a well-hidden sack of coins in the pantry, there is nothing that is fully secure. The reality is…the only thing that could possibly last forever is what is stored out of reach of humanity. Jesus calls that…treasures in heaven.