The house was full of cheers, whooping and dancing! Three kids were louder than any hockey game when the winning goal is shot. It was amazing!
Because they found the library books that are so overdue… well, let’s not go there!
It reminded me of a parable that Jesus told of a man who found a treasure in a field. He found the treasure and then hid it again. Then he went and sold everything he had. He bought the field with all of his money just so he could dig up the treasure and own it outright. That’s how we’re supposed to hunt for God.
I’ve been getting tired of the emails and phone calls reminding me that these books are overdue. We’ve looked before, to no avail. Today I made a rash statement: You can’t eat supper until you find the books! I wanted them to search like their lives depended on it (okay it wasn’t their lives, but it was their dinner which is pretty much the same if you are a growing kid!).
Much dismay, grumbling, crying and stomping ensued. (Yes, that happens at my house, too!) After ten measly minutes, they all came back with whines of how impossible it was. One even promised that deep in memory-land he knew he had returned the books… he just knew it and the library was making mistakes. They said some unkind things to me and each other and thought the threat of no supper was truly unreasonable.
Many times I am just that stubborn. It’s like God says to me that if I dig a little deeper, read a little longer, serve a little more, pray with more earnestness, fast with more willingness… then I’ll find a treasure – God Himself. Yet I crank and complain: I’m too tired in the morning and I fall asleep at night. You mean I have to give up a good book in order to find you in the Word? Yeah, there are days that I wonder if the hunt will be worth the treasure.
Yet, when the cheering started I knew in my heart that nowhere on earth were there children more excited to find library books than the ones in my house today.
And so it is with my daily hunt. As I sit in my rocking chair or snuggle in the corner of the couch and read words I’ve read before, slowly bits of His heart seep into mine. I see things I haven’t seen before, read things I’m sure I haven’t read before and understand things more clearly than ever before.
You won’t usually find me cheering and hollering when I find a treasure in His Word… at least not in the house! But if you read my journals, chat with me on the phone and watch carefully even here on the blog you will find my heart leaping for joy and running to my Savior with joy, thanksgiving and praise. (There is the odd occasion that I’ll race through the house but, because my prayer times are usually when everyone else is asleep, I have to do it on tip-toes!)
I want to challenge you today: Go on a hunt. Find the treasure God has stored for you in His Word and through prayer. He says that He has hidden eternity in your heart–why not look for it? As women we need all the treasure we can find–and He’s waiting to be found.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV)
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