The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Matthew 12. 44
All we've found as we've been digging in our garden over the last couple of months is a few fragments of old plates - some with interesting patterns on, a plastic toy elephant, a very old bakelite trolley wheel, and millions and millions of grey stones which must have been used as a gravel drive at some point in the distant past. Nothing of value, yet...
The man in this very short parable finds treasure of great worth hidden in a field and is so desperate to have it for himself that he sells everything he has in order to buy the field. He's ready to pay whatever it costs. Nothing else matters.
Sometimes we have to dig and search and toil before we discover the treasure that is knowing God for ourselves. Sometimes we get our hands dirty and end up worn out and exhausted, searching for what is really of worth. But when we find it... when we discover for ourselves that God is for us, not against us and that he is ready to help, empower, heal and comfort us, then everything else is put in perspective.
Where is God's treasure in your life?
How do you feel when you recognise God at work in and around you?