Wednesday, May 31, 2017

An Unexpected Treasure

There is a place not far from my home where I have found a treasure. Far from where you'd think it would be, it has been sitting there for years,  right in plain sight. I have probably walked right past it a dozen times and never noticed it the sun hit it just right one day, and there it was.

Lady Slippers are not supposed to grow around where I live. Yet there's one in my back yard. They are normally found in bogs, swamps or wet woods where there is an abundance of natural light. The one in our yard is growing high on a hill in a pine plantation where all the light is filtered. It shouldn't be here . . . but it is.

Have you ever found treasure in unusual places? Think about it. I bet you have.

When you have lost something, where do you usually find it? In the last place you looked, right? Why was it the last place you looked? Because you have already looked in all the places where you thought you would find it. Ironically, if your car keys were where you expected them to be, they wouldn't be lost.

Guess where I found my wife? I found her at a friend's house. I never expected to find my mate at a friends house. Why? Because I wasn't even looking! That's when we find lots of treasures. When we least expect them.

Where did you find Jesus? Some people find Jesus in an alley. Some people find Him at the bottom of a bottle or in a desperate cry for help. find Him in the death of a friend or a loved one. I found Him in a stained glass window. Jesus is never where we expect Him to be.

Two thousand years ago the Jewish leaders never thought they're find their promised Messiah eating and drinking with sinners but that's where He was. Jesus is found when and where we least expect Him and usually when we need Him the most.

The Bible tells us multiple times that is we seek Him with all our hearts we WILL find Him. So, if we haven't found Him yet, where should we start looking? Where would you expect to find Him?

If Jesus came to pay us a visit today where would He be? With the president? The Pope? Nope. He'd be with the poor, the sick, the dying, the sinners - He'd be with people who don't know Him yet.

"16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” - Mark 2:16-17

We can see Jesus today if we'd only look hard enough and in the right places. Are we seeking Him where we expect to find Him? Or will He be in the last place we look. Either way, He is our priceless and unexpected treasure. The most important place to find Him is in your heart.

Every Single One - Geoff Moore

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