My Father isn’t a wild buccaneer nor bandit but a loving Giver of all things.
My treasure chest? The world - inside and out.
Last week, northern Ohio finally decided to break out in spring with shouts of colors, warm breezes, and budding trees. Pink blossoms, yellow daffodils and lush green grass soothed the senses. A pair of robins built a twig nursery right outside my office window, and I am now on ‘baby’ watch for the excitement of new life and bouncing hungry heads.
In the earlier seasons of my life, I was too busy to appreciate these treasures. Now I pause and breathe them deeply into my soul. I stand surrounded in the wonder of blossoming nature, tiny miraculous creatures and heavenly praise songs from a chorus of feathered angels.
Apprehend God in all things,
for God is in all things.
Every single creature is full of God, and is a book about God.
Every creature is a word of God.
If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature, even a caterpillar,
I would never have to prepare a sermon.
So full of God is every creature.
When I was younger I sought to be unique.
To find the differences.
To stress the accomplishments.
Now I find the treasures in the ordinary.
The similarities that we share with all living things.
To be instead of to do.
"The great lesson from the true mystic . . .
is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life,
in one's neighbors, friends and family, in one's back yard."
— Abraham Maslow
I am learning also to embrace the beauty of the treasure within me. I think most of us struggle with self-doubt, unfair comparisons, lifelong weight of nicknames from sixth grade, failures and sins that cloud self image.
God sees us as treasures. He created the spotless, beautiful mirror deep inside our souls that bear His fingerprints and reflect His love. As I get to know this Master Artist better I discover that we all are priceless masterpieces.
You. Me. Everyone - a precious treasure.
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
Proverbs 24: 3-4
This world we live in overflows with heavenly bounty. Outside the jewels of nature await our wonder and discovery. Inside each heart lies a pearl being made holy.
One majestic Creator skillfully crafted a world jam-packed with treasure - waiting for our discovery.
Jean Wise is a freelance journalist/writer and Christian speaker at retreats, gatherings and seminars. She is the author of The Great Communicator: Reflections for Speakers and Writers that is available at Amazon.com or Smashwords.com She lives in Edon, Ohio with her husband enjoying their empty nest. Find out more at her website: www.jeanwise.org or her blog: www.healthyspirituality.org