I hope your summer is going well. I can’t believe how fast it is going. My vacation time with my boys always seems too short.
Something I have discovered being the mom of two very imaginative and talkative little boys is their absolute love for anything that even remotely appears to be a treasure box. Every time my 4 year old sees an old looking box with a hook and eye closure and metal straps across the top, he has to touch it, to open it, to see what “treasure” is inside.
Treasure is a popular topic in the Bible. There are plenty of stories of treasure being claimed by victors of battle and such, but there are also reminders in the Psalms and Proverbs of the treasure of wisdom and where that comes from.
Jesus reminded us in Luke 12 and Matthew 6 that our treasure is in Heaven, not earthly treasure that can be so easily lost.
Then Paul wrote to the Colossians:
“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” Colossians 2:2-3
Early in our reading this summer we learned that several times during Jesus’ life Mary “treasured” what she was seeing in the life of God’s son. (Luke 2:19 and 51)
I noticed something about these last two uses of the word treasure: They speak about Christ and understanding.
Mary was seeing something unfold that few would have the privilege to see, certainly no one would see it from her perspective, and she didn’t always fully understand it.
In Luke 2:19 it says she pondered the things she was treasuring.
In Luke 2:50 we learn that Jesus’ parents didn’t understand what he was saying to them and in the next breath we learn that his mother treasured these things she did not understand in her heart.
I think were I am trying to go here is this: Your heart may not look like an old timey pirate’s treasure box that so excites my little boys, but it is a treasure box.
It is the place where we put everything we are learning in our Bible study. A place to put these precious nuggets of knowledge and wisdom that God lets us see so that we can ponder them and learn from them. While doing this we may discover that God’s plan is so much more than us, that we may not understand it in it’s incredible vastness.
Let us, like Mary, quietly treasure what we don’t understand so that we may have the privilege of watching Him work.
God Bless you all this week,