Stored Treasures

In the Gospel of Luke, there is the wonderful story of Jesus and his family going to the Temple, “as was their custom.”  Except on this particular trip something out of the ordinary happened.   As they began the return trip home they discovered that Jesus had stayed behind at the Temple.    After returning to the temple and asking him why he had stayed behind and given them such grief, Jesus responds “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”  Scripture then says his parents didn’t understand this, but they returned home with a son who promised to be obedient to them, “but his mother treasured all these things in her heart.”

Heart treasures.  Unlike other things we may treasure, heart treasures are not physical things but those things that deeply touch you and are seared into your memory as well as your emotional being.  If you are a parent and/or grandparent, you probably have a storehouse of heart treasures.  Special moments in which your child or grandchild has said something verbally or had an expression that is forever etched in your memory and heart. If you have known love of anyone special, you have those special love moments, treasured in your heart.

These heart treasures are stored and called up when things get tough.  When an adolescent child acts out at the parents, the parents often return to the treasures in their heart to recall why they continue to love this rebellious teen.  When illness or disease takes over the life of someone you love, heart treasures keep you attending to their needs for love of them is embedded in your soul. 

The Holy Scriptures are their own form of heart treasures.  In them we are reminded of God’s great love of us.  We are reminded that his Son, our Savior, is God Emmanuel . . . “God with us.”  In them we are reminded “that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Through reading and storing these treasures and remembering the assurances of God given in them, we are able to cope with all the challenges, difficulties and stresses upon and within our lives.  We are also then able to be the calm assurance to those who have no spiritual treasures in their own hearts, as we share with them that storehouse of treasure. 

During this Advent season spent time and return to the wealth of love found in the living Scripture so that you too may become that storehouse of treasure and feel the truth warmth of love that flows through them.  Through them discover the best gift of the season, God’s almighty love for you. 
Blessings and Peace, Glenna