Box of treasure

Are You Too Busy for a Treasure Hunt?

The Lord’s words are absolutely reliable.

They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground,
where it is thoroughly refined. – Psalm 12:6 (NET)

As a child growing up near Mt. Franklin in El Paso, Texas, I heard a legend about a stash of silver hidden in a cave on that peak. When my mother drove me close to the mountain, I used to study it, straining to catch a flash of sunlight against metal.

Recently, workers in Spain found an actual treasure—pots of Roman coins—as the laborers prepared a building site for construction. Archeologists estimate the worth of the coins at millions of Euros.

In 2010, an elderly former fighter pilot claims to have hidden a treasure in the Rocky Mountains of the Western U.S. People still search for it. If you thought you had a reasonable chance of finding it, would you head to the mountains right now?

Most of us don’t expect to find a fortune of gold, silver, or coins in our lifetime, but we do have access to a treasure every day, yet we fail to mine the richness we already possess. King David reminds us in Psalm 19 of the worth of God’s word: “more valuable than a great amount of pure gold.” And the apostle Paul points out the value of Jesus, the word made flesh, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3, NET). Do we explore this mother lode regularly?

These verses remind us of the rich veins of knowledge and wisdom that lie within our reach. Meditate on these verses and then dig into the word to uncover valuable nuggets of truth. You might start with Psalm 19:7-14.

Beth Barron and her husband have worked cross-culturally for decades, first in the Middle East and now in the U.S. She teaches English to refugees and uses her writing skills to advocate for them. Beth enjoys writing, biking, vegetable gardening and connecting heart to heart with other women. She is involved in her church's External Focus ministry. She and her husband have three adult children, two daughters-in-love and three grandsons. Beth graduated from Rice University in Houston, attended Dallas Theological Seminary and is committed to life-long learning.