Just a 6 foot 7inch dunking center, a 4-minute miler, or a spot-on quarterback with an amazing passing game is all I need to win. These are the illusive treasures that coaches dream about. The real treasure, however, is hidden within their current team and waiting to be discovered.
It has been said that realizing the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child is a treasure to be unlocked.
Our children are our treasures, losing them for even a few minutes is heart-wrenching. Hidden in the storyline of Jesus’ childhood is a situation that no parent wants to face…
When Jesus was twelve years old, his family traveled to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. After the festival was over, his parents left for home with relatives and friends thinking he was in their company. They traveled for a day but when they looked for him they couldn’t find their treasured son so they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days of searching they found him and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
WHEN OUR TREASURES BECOME HIDDEN IT IS TIME FOR PURPOSEFUL SEARCH
Jesus was found sitting in the temple courts among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions – that amazed everyone including his parents. The HIDDEN TREASURE of who He was, God’s Son, was revealed in his response…
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Luke 2:49 NIV
The response of Mary, Jesus’ mother, shows her perspective and intention…
But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:51-52 NIV
Our children, athletes, and those we are in charge of are HIDDEN TREASURES waiting to be discovered. Putting our time and energy into this search may be heart wrenching at times, but is also the epic heart-warming story.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21 KJV
Blessings…as your God-given HIDDEN TREASURES hidden in your soul become realized.
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