The Frog in the Box

There was this boy who carried a box to school for show and tell. It was something he found by the creek that was unique and fun and a treasure to him. I fact, the boy got to thinking about just how special his little frog was that he starting  wondering if anyone else really deserved to see his treasure. so show and tell time came and went and he sat and held his box, refusing to share. Several days went by and a horrible odor emanated from his box. You see, he was so busy protecting his treasure from other people that he did not nurture it and feed it and his precious frog died. We are often like that little boy. So eager to protect our talents and treasures that we end up pocketing them and keep them them ourselves, without allowing them to be released to their full potential. They were gifts from God and end up benefitting no one. We have themohemo use them, nurture them, share them. It is amazing how God blesses our efforts when we use the gifts He gave us. 

Treasure Lost, Treasure Found

Life is a treasure in and of itself. Sometimes there are treasures within the treasure we discover as we walk along this life’s journey. We also find urchins and snakes sometimes, but we will leave the bad guys to another day’s talk. We want to focus on the good and blessed. We may find a treasure God placed in our lives, one so precious that you know God intentionally placed it there for you. And you pick it up and carry it with you and thank God for this amazing gift of treasure He gave. Then some punk bully comes and steals your treasure out from under your nose. You are shocked then angry then horrified then just sad because this treasure was everything to you. What else could you have done to protect your treasure from this evil one? Could you have taken better care of it or built a better home for it to stay? And you sit and mourn and temporarily, the journey halted for the moments of contemplation and mourning such deep, unexpected loss. And while mourning the loss of your forever treasure, you look up for a moment and see a glimmer in the sand. Rushing over, you realize God had not intended your forever treasure to be stolen by the evil bully and has given you an extra beautiful treasure to hold and enjoy. Maybe one day the forever treasure will be returned or find its way back home to you, but even if not, He has provided an additional forever treasure to enjoy and care for. Why? Because He is our Heavenly Father and loves us so incredibly much! God’s great love inspires His gifts of treasure for us to care for. And His treasures to us are worth loving and appreciating and protecting and caring for. They are perfect treasures from our perfect Father. I am so thankful for my treasures, even the one stolen from me and definitely the new one formed. Amazing gifts from an amazing God.