Last year, I was visiting the Prague Castle museum in the Czech Republic. It was one of the more memorable museums that I’ve visited. The main reason is because of the extensive information that is provided for many of the exhibits. Not only are the significance of various artifacts described, the methods of excavation are described as well. It was one of these “excavation methods” that God probably dropped a profound lesson in my mind…
One of the ways of finding ancient stuff like jewels, weapons, coins, etc. is to excavate ancient burial sites. This is largely because it is common in days past (and today in some cultures) for the dead to be buried with their prized possessions. This might have been done for a variety of reasons – perhaps it is the belief of taking one’s wealth to the next life, or perhaps it is purely for memory’s sake.
Regardless of why possessions are buried with the dead, centuries later, these tombs are opened by curious excavators. What I learnt from a little information box in the museum was that they would remove everything from the tomb, pick out the precious artifacts for further research, then place the bones back in the tomb.
And therein lies the lesson.
We have very little ownership of material things. Even if we buried everything that we possessed here on earth and think it to be secure, it isn’t. A thousand years later, someone can still take it away from us, and our bare bones won’t be able to do anything to guard them and keep them from being taken. The fragility of this world became too apparent at the thought of that.
One must remember then, that the soul is that which is eternal. And an eternity spent with God or without God is of great concern to me, and those around us. What we are buried with is insignificant compared to where we awaken in eternity.