Everyday Treasures

March 16, 2021     |      Walking along the shoreline, you often hear different perspectives about the same thing. Ask the question, “Find any good shells today?” and a response might be, “Yes, they are all so beautiful, it’s hard to choose,” while you observe the shell seeker carefully and gently sifting through the hundreds of shells tossed to the white sandy shore from the Gulf of Mexico. However, another person’s response might be, “NO! I’m looking for something special,” as they ram a shovel into a mound of sea shells. 

Searching for “treasures hidden in the sand” can be likened to searching for wisdom in the Bible. When you carefully and gently sift through God’s love letter, you can find beauty and riches beyond your finite imagination. But if you ram into the pages of His Book searching for what you deem to be “something special,” your focus is not on God but on your own quest.

Sea shells can be bought for about a dime a dozen, yet can be more precious than gold when you appreciate and thank Him for each everyday treasure.

Everyday Treasures

They will summon peoples to the mountain and there offer the sacrifices of the righteous; they will feast on the abundance of the seas, on the treasures hidden in the sand.

–Deuteronomy 33:19 NIV

They will summon peoples to the mountain and there offer the sacrifices of the righteous; they will feast on the abundance of the seas, on the treasures hidden in the sand.

–Deuteronomy 33:19 NIV

Walking along the shoreline, you often hear different perspectives about the same thing. Ask the question, “Find any good shells today?” and a response might be, “Yes, they are all so beautiful, it’s hard to choose,” while you observe the shell seeker carefully and gently sifting through the hundreds of shells tossed to the white sandy shore from the Gulf of Mexico. However, another person’s response might be, “NO! I’m looking for something special,” as they ram a shovel into a mound of sea shells. 

Searching for “treasures hidden in the sand” can be likened to searching for wisdom in the Bible. When you carefully and gently sift through God’s love letter, you can find beauty and riches beyond your finite imagination. But if you ram into the pages of His Book searching for what you deem to be “something special,” your focus is not on God but on your own quest.

Sea shells can be bought for about a dime a dozen, yet can be more precious than gold when you appreciate and thank Him for each everyday treasure.

Pray today your focus is on the beauty of nature and its Creator by reciting (or memorizing) Psalm 23.

Pray to see people the Lord’s way—looking at their heart, not their physical appearance (see 1 Samuel 16:7).

Angela Shears
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