hidden treasure (11.53)

in movies knowing hero reaches for what seems priceless and starts to throw it down to smashing.  our collective gasp as hurl begins isn’t enough for stopping. story leaps forward to pieces scattered on floor.

revealing treasure map or treasure. revealing the way to sought after. or what is under X.

i have had good things smashed in my life and i am on knees with tears blurring eyes, shocked at god’s seeming heart less. faith dented from hit of loss and hurt of no understanding.

and god tugs at my shoulder.

sometimes i am too frantic in reaching for pieces. determined he is mistaken and i must make right.

sometimes i am too sorry for self and pull away not wanting answer and explanation to deflate my anger.

but he tugs until i turn, pointing to:

treasure map (the way i need to go for hearts desire. way i would not have found on my own.)

treasure (the what i have been on my way to.  heart’s desire handed over in his way, his time.)

and suddenly pieces i was desperate to restore are emptied of value in the face of more.

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from beaten to cross to broken body laid in tomb,  i imagine disciples scrabbling for pieces.  and all those looking at a king they were waiting to crown stunned by death’s consuming the victory they saw ahead.

and when the creator of all raised up the life he gave to pay forever’s debt, he laid nail scarred hands on mankind’s shoulder and tugged.

and he stands with treasure map of i am way, truth and life in hand.  treasure of relationship with him in other.

sometimes we fix our eyes on him to the dimming of all else.

sometimes we sit among broken pieces, certain this life is ours to restore.

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o soul, are you weary and troubled?
no light in the darkness you see?
there’s a light for a look at the savior,
and life more abundant and free!

turn your eyes upon jesus,
look full in his wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
in the light of his glory and grace.

through death into life everlasting
he passed, and we follow him there;
over us sin no more hath dominion—
for more than conquerors we are!

turn your eyes upon jesus,
look full in his wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
in the light of his glory and grace.

his word shall not fail you—he promised;
believe him, and all will be well:
then go to a world that is dying,
his perfect salvation to tell

turn your eyes upon jesus,
look full in his wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
in the light of his glory and grace.

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hymn by helen h. lemmel, 1922

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2 thoughts on “hidden treasure (11.53)

    • that’s so cool. it has stuck with me for a lifetime. it’s hard when i realize i’m scrabbling. even more when i don’t want to stop for awhile. :( xo

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