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Matthew 6: 19-21 (KJV) 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.
Heavenly Treasure Hunt
A hunting we will go.
A hunting we will go.
Hi-ho, hallelujah, oh,
A hunting we will go.
Sometimes, I just donít know what Iím doing and I feel like Iím more lost than Iíve ever been. But thatís when grace reminds me that we would have no use for the Light on this pathway of life if there werenít times when itís too dark to see the way. Most all the ďcoinsĒ I find in this treasure hunt are found by feel, or rather by faith, than they are by sight.
Fatherless, (oftentimes having felt motherless as well) Iíve spent almost the whole of my thirty-nine years trying to be perfect at everything I put my hands to. I have a mother and do not mean to dishonor her whatsoever. You see, she even admits to not having been affectionate with her children when we were young. And, praise the Lord, she has been working very hard to lose that tough shell she built up after she lost her own parents as a teenager. But for me, perfectionism has been some kind of psychologically driven reaction to the need to feel loved -- ďIf Iím good enough, maybe youíll love me.Ē Nevertheless, years of striving so hard for perfection have gained me nothing but frustration. It certainly never gained me love. Okay, so I earned a trophy and a medal or two. But rust will eventually destroy them.
There is an old Irish legend that tells us there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Ah! A rainbow -- a sign of promise! I used to think as a child that I would grow up someday and be able to drive. Then, I would race to the end of that rainbow and see it touch the ground. I never did believe that old legend. But perhaps I should have! At the end of myself, Iíve found this amazing treasure overflowing with riches untold. At the end of myself, Iíve found that the end is really just the beginning and the beginning is life. Silver and gold have I none. But what I have, I give to you:
Iím storing another coin in my heavenly treasure chest. You can be sure that Caesarís face adorns neither side. This one, I am calling ďFriends.Ē As long as I worked on being perfectly loveable, the more unlovable I became. Then, empty handed and brokenhearted, I set my eyes on some things quite heavenly:
First, I saw the adoration that my greatest Friend, my FATHER, has for me. John may very well have been His "Beloved." But I am His "Adored!" Then, when I learned that I could depend upon His unfailing love, I saw the arms of God in my friendsí embraces.
I am richer today because you love me with a Godly, agape love. If I knew exactly what I were doing, God only knows that Iíd have tried to earn that somehow and Iíd have thoroughly messed it up. How confounding are the ways of God!
Today, I heard someone say ďIf I need someone to judge me, Iíll go to church.Ē It made my heart ache. Iím working real hard on obtaining for myself another coin. This one, I will call ďTransparency.Ē But please be patient with me; I can tell you now that I will have to dig deep for some of that old fearlessness. As fearless as I once was, transparency was one of those things I never could seem to perfect. In fact, I became quite the mask master.
The treasure at the end of myself and at the beginning of promise is chock full of surprises. Around every bend in this pathway, the Light shines, revealing the gleam of yet another precious coin. But none of those coins are so valuable to me as the Love I have found in endless mercy. Now, letís see a moth chew on that one!
© Joyce Pool
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Joyce: A big Amen to this! Thanks for reminding us all of where our hearts should be.
Once again you render me speechless, my friend.
God wants nothing more from us than our sincere and humble hearts that admit we are nothing without Him. You are blessed with that power to see that heavenly treasure in store for us who trust and obey. God bless you dear friend!
There is nothing quite like it, is there, Joyce? The treasure hunt! And unlike prospectors of days gone by, one will never come away empty handed, for the treasure lies on every page ... in every breath we hear its Voice, and the blessing of His riches shower upon us. At the end of myself, Iíve found that the end is really just the beginning and the beginning is life. May I never fear reaching the end of myself, nor forget that ever it is simply the beginning!
Oh, Treava...I kept thinking 'seek and ye shall find' as I read your excellent piece! You ARE seeking and you ARE finding - all sorts of treasures! I truly don't think you realize what a treasure YOU are to those of us who love you. You may be seeking, but you are also giving in so many ways: You share your love, your faith, your wisdom, your experiences and you provide a warm embrace for those who seek your support and care. God bless you...keep writing, and seeking and sharing! Love, Peggy
Dear Joyce! My dear I do believe you have been writing my story today! With tears I sit hear reading your work, fitting into every space, comma and period. Thank you for being obedient in writing! It is in pealing away the mask that we have so cleverly created that we truly become reachable and able to reach out! I know this because I have discarded a few of my own! And think I will go now and talk to the Father about others that might still be there! Very timely! Your sister in Christ, Jounda
Treava, you are a treasure as well and such a joy. God speaks through you and the world has no choice but to take notice. What a sweet fragrance you are!
Do you know that as a child I was naive enough to believe there really was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? I'm sure God thought this one is a real challenge! (smile) Well, guess what? At the end of the rainbow, I have found my pot of gold, and it is friends like you! Love, Sharon
This is a blessing, exactly a message for me. Now, asking myself, do the things I am so busy for, will do merit a reward in Heaven?
Treava, Thank you for blessing us with this one. It is sooo good to have you writing again. Love you bunches!
Oh, how I have missed your posts! Thank you for your obedience to the Spirit to share what He has imparted to you. God Bless You.