I had made my purchases –
two old mirrors for $2 a piece and an old black trunk that I thought would be a perfect place to store my sweaters.
My friend Janet and I were just about to leave the second-hand store Saturday when I heard the words,
“You don’t know what you have there, do you?”
I turned from the cash register towards the voice of the man who was surveying every corner of the black chest I had just bought.
“A trunk??” I replied, not really knowing what else to say at the moment.
He grinned and went on,
“You really don’t know what you have there, do you?”
Then he went on to tell me that I had just purchased the trunk of a 1937 Packard car.
“Don’t let it go for less than $200,” he continued.
I felt guilty standing there with the owner of the store, knowing I had only paid $35 for this expected treasure!
The sweet lady behind the counter just smiled and told me to enjoy the purchase as I apologized for buying something for much less than it was worth.
I looked online when I got home and saw this same trunk for $800!
Tim and Todd are both saying, “Sell it!”
But here’s the thing – no amount money will give me this story in my living room.
And I love stories!
I love how one minute I can be buying an old black trunk to store sweaters, and the next minute I’m the owner of a somewhat valuable piece of history.
Discovering how much God loves you is a lot like learning that you own an unexpected treasure.
One minute you’re aware of the Creator of the universe and the next minute you’re walking in the footsteps of the Messiah.
One minute you’re singing, “Jesus Loves Me,” and the next minute you’re singing, “Oh, how I love Jesus!”
One minute you’re coming to grips with the reality that eventually everyone has to leave this earth and the next minute you’re grasping just how amazing that “leaving” is going to be!
If you’re a Christian, let me ask you the same thing the gentleman at the store asked me,
“Do you know what you have?”
If you do know what you have, then share it with everyone you meet!
If you don’t realize what you have, then let me tell you,
YOU HAVE A TREASURE!
Don’t sell it for any amount of money; don’t trade it for a momentary pleasure.
Treasure your treasure!
“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.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
I’m so thankful today for the promise of Heaven.
That’s where I want to store up all my treasures!
Praying you are storing yours up there too!