Rock hunting outings were a family event for us when we were children, with Dad showing us how to search for the colorful, the crystalized, and the striated treasures on the ground’s surface. Our favorites were the agates we’d hold up to the sun to see how much light could get through, and the humble thunderegg that looked rough and unremarkable on the outside but held intricate formations of jasper, agate, or opal formations inside.
We don’t have to mine deep into the earth’s surface to find treasure. Sometimes it’s sitting on the ground at our feet. We may only need to keep our eyes open, kick stuff around a little, pick it up, turn it over, put it in our pocket to study later, and invest some time in taking a look into its heart to find something amazing.
This is how I approach my Bible reading. If I’m not in wonder every time I open it up, at the very least I’ve gained a level of satisfaction deep in my soul. And the promise of more keeps me coming back for more.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis
I went to see The Hobbit movie two nights ago with my family. Some of the verses in today’s reading from Proverbs 2 make me think of the slimy, evil orcs that “walk in dark ways,” and the smaller folk that bravely proceed on their quest anyway.
But even more I’m seeing a familiar image, like one I saw in the first chapter yesterday; wisdom as a woman raising her voice in warning to those who reject instruction, knowledge, and advice. Chapter 2 looks similar. A parent instructs the child, “…and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:3-5 NIV.
Wisdom is calling out in chapter one, and in chapter two I’m admonished to do the calling out. Maybe this speaks to me because I’m normally an introvert, a quiet person, kind of like a hobbit. But seriously, I’ve got to go on a search for wisdom like I need its hidden treasures desperately–because I do need them desperately. Many verses in chapter two talk about the difficulties and death that lie in the path. Wisdom will help me stay close to the One who “… guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.” (verse 8)
I hope you’re reading along with me. You’re sure to find nuggets of treasure that I’m passing by. Leave a comment if you like, and join me tomorrow for chapter three on January 3.
“… and find the knowledge of God.”