I finally discovered the name for my blog after the last few posts. Treasures In The Dust. I already wrote about how God's will is a treasure-often in disguise or hidden in the dust and dirt and sometimes even buried in the thick smelly mud of tragedy.
A treasure can also be things that we learn about God as we go through life. I will always remember reading Hinds Feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard. This is one of my all-time favorite books. In that book, the main character, Much Afraid, would collect a stone each time she learned a new lesson with the Shepherd (Jesus). Here is a quote from that book after the Shepherd asked her to give him the bag of stones (Her name at this point has already been changed to Grace and Glory):
"She took it out and passed it to him and then he bade her hold out her hands. On doing so, he opened the little purse and emptied the contents into her hands. Then she gasped again with bewilderment and delight, for instead of the common, ugly stones she had gathered from the altars along the way, there fell into her hands a heap of glorious, sparkling jewels, very precious and very beautiful. As she stood there, half-dazzled by the glory of the flashing gems, she saw in his hand a circlet of pure gold.
"O thou who was afflicted, tossed with tempest and not comforted, " he said, "behold I lay thy stones with fair colors."...At that moment Grace and Glory remembered the cave in which she had sheltered from the floods, and how nearly she had succumbed to the temptation to discard as worthless those stones which now shone with glory and splendor in the crown upon her head. She remembered too, the words which had sounded in her ears and had restrained her, "Hold fast that thou hast, that no man take thy crown." Supposing she had thrown them away, had discarded her trust in his promises, had gone back on her surrenders to his will? There could have been no jewels now to his praise and glory, and no crown for her to wear." (pp 197-198)
It would be easy to overlook an ugly stone and not give it the value our heavenly father gives it. How sad it would be to never see the treasure and to only view the plain, dusty or muddy stones! Let us not miss the lessons we are carefully taught by our Shepherd, and let us not discard them as worthless in our times of disappointment and discouragement! They are beautiful glistening treasures...gifts from our Savior! Gifts that keep us during the hard times, promises that last and that are real and they will not dissappoint!
We are also His treasures! His beautiful creation! Because of Jesus, God sees us as beautiful treasures --not the dusty (imperfect, sinful) stones of this world. We are the apple of his eye, his treasure! His treasure that He created from the dust!
So this is how I came to the name of my blog, for I hope to share the treasures I have collected along this journey that they would encourage others and maybe even reveal a treasure or two for you! 2 Cor 1:3-7 has been my verse for a long time. It says, "3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort."
Let us become rock collectors, that we will not forget what Jesus has done for us!
Other verses that apply to this post:
Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.