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Treasure Hunting!


Let’s go Treasure Hunting!



Hey Everyone,

God reveals to us through His Spirit, “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has imagined or conceived…and all of the things God has prepared for those who love Him!”  1 Corinthians 2:9-10.

Having lived in Pensacola, FL for almost 8 years before moving to Scottsdale, I had many opportunities to go to the beach.  It was one of my favorite places to go when I wanted to hear more specific things from God, or just get away from the “routines” and “ordinaries” of life.  Pensacola Beach is located on the Emerald Coast, one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.  Although I never inquired, I always assumed the name came from having beaches that were covered with snow white sand that glistened in the sun like precious gems.  There was no better feeling than taking off my shoes and wiggling my toes in the powdery sand.  I remember being cooled by a steady breeze that seemed to always be blowing through my hair.  The background music would be the sound of the ocean crashing upon the shores while listening to the seagulls’ excitement in searching, finding and fighting for food.

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me...a prayer to the God of my life."
Psalms 42:7-8.

Many times I would take my guitar and sing to the rhythm of the waves.  At other moments, I would stroll the shoreline getting as close to the water as I could without getting wet. There would be sand castles being built and boogie boards being mastered.  Others would be getting suntans, throwing Frisbees, playing volleyball or just showing off their bathing suits as they strutted up and down the beach!  No, strutting wasn’t for me. I was afraid someone might see my ugly second toe, or mistake me for a beached whale, if I got too close!  Late one Friday afternoon, I decided to take my big beach umbrella, with my big beach towel and my big beach lounger to enjoy the sunset at the beach.  It was going to be a time of reflection, relaxation, peace and tranquility.  After finally getting all of the “big” beach accessories in place, I was ready to chill. All the familiar sounds were in place, along with the constant breeze. Life is good!

“Finally, receive your power from the Lord and from His mighty strength.  Put on all the armor that God supplies.  In this way you can take a stand against the devil’s strategies.”Eph 6:10-11.

As I was observing all of the different people on the beach, paying close attention to what they were doing and their reactions, I saw a guy coming from the North in full safari gear, including the hat and the boots.  He also was wearing…ear muffs?  Okay, wait!  He started pulling unidentifiable pieces of metal out of a military style accessory bag and putting them together. What is up with this guy?  Is he a beach terrorist?  As I was trying to figure out if he was putting together a bazooka or a rocket launcher, the last piece was put into place.  It all made sense now!  He had one of those super duper…find anything, anywhere metal detectors…with the super sensitive, noise cancelling headphones, included.  The dark sunglasses and the camouflaged sandals completed his treasure hunting ensemble.

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued in doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we do not give up, or quit.” Galatians 6:9.

The treasure hunter was an older gentleman who obviously was doing it because he liked it.  He started combing the beach with authority and precision.  I could tell this guy had done this before and was probably quite good.  He was methodical in his approach.  He was like an “ox-turtle” (my term)…slow and steady.  He plowed forward, consistently moving the detector slowly from side to side, resembling a snake crawling upon the sand.  Constant as a tank, he continued moving forward in a straight line; steady, stop, dig…drop something in his bag; steady, stop, dig…drop something in his bag.  He was having so much success; I was ready to go get my own metal detector.  Remember the Safari Guy!

“When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  Those who doubt should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.  They are double-minded and unstable in all they do.” James 1:6-7.

Suddenly, out of the northeast comes a “Jimmy Buffett” look alike.  He too, had a metal detector strapped to his shoulder, but was ready to leave as soon as he stepped on the beach.  He was like a “dude” on a mission, with too much caffeine. He ran to every spot he saw someone had been, as if trying to beat someone else from “finding it” first!  He would go over each spot a few times and then quickly to the next…and then the next.  He wasn’t finding anything because he wasn’t consistent…way too erratic in his approach.  He quickly gave up and left the way He came!  I don’t think he believed that he would find anything that day.

“Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth and rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.”Matthew 6:21.

Okay, what’s the deal?  From the northwest, out of nowhere, appears the gun slinger. It was like a Clint Eastwood movie…with the sun behind him….drawing his gun; but this time, another metal detector.  Oh, my gosh, it’s the invasion of the “treasure hunters!”  He had cowboy boots on, which must have helped him dig in the sand; but boots and swim trunks???  He was there without purpose, plan or action.  It could have been that he saw someone else already there, or he was going after the attention in lieu of the treasure, but after a few minutes…he was gone. I saw him later with a bunch of his female “groupies,” definitely getting his full attention!

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and our children forever...” Deut 29:29.

Safari Guy was the only one of the three that found anything of any value.  All three were on the same beach.  All three had metal detectors.  All three had attempted to find treasure, but only one succeeded.  Why did Safari Guy succeed? He came prepared to find treasure on the beach.  The “hidden treasure” was his focus AND his determination.  He had the equipment needed to find the treasure and he had taken the time to learn how to use it.  He listened to the sounds of his detector to notify him of the treasure.  When he found those items of value, he kept each as his reward. There are coins, jewelry and trinkets that his children and grandchildren will enjoy because of his treasure hunting efforts that day!

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with ALL your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13.

Just as Safari Guy found valuable items hidden beneath the sand, I believe that the Lord gives us a major clue in the directions He gave us to find Him.  When we seek the Lord with ALL our hearts…that is when we find Him!  How often do we seek Him with the wrong motivations and selfish intentions?  When we don’t find Him in the time we have allotted, we tend to give up!  As David declared in Psalms 57:7, “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!” God desires that our main focus be upon Him! Let’s don’t quit or give up in our pursuit of Him.  We will find what we are searching for!

“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” 1 Corinthians 2:13.

The Spirit of God is our “metal detector” when it comes to finding and understanding the “treasures” that He gives us and desires us to have!  “The Spirit guides us into all truth…He speaks what he hears, and he tells us what is to come.  He will take what the Lord has to say and tell it to us.”  John 16:14-15. We need only to listen to hear His voice as speaks to us through prayer, His Word and the Holy Spirit!  We can understand God’s Word and hear His voice as we rely upon the Holy Spirit to reveal those treasures to us!

 

 In the morning, Lord, You will hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly for you to answer."  Psalms 5:3.

 

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  Psalms 119:105.

 

I pray that everyone will find the “treasures” that God has prepared for each of us, as one of His children.  There are so many gifts that He desires to give to each one of us.  As I just got back from a visit with my mom, I can testify to her goodness because I just spent time with her.  She was thrilled to have me near and responded by showering me with love, hugs and appreciation.  There was simply no limit in showing her love for me by taking me “out” to eat…wanting to buy me things…making sure I was happy, comfortable and had everything I needed and desired.  Because of her goodness and love, I can’t wait to go back to see her!

 

How much more does God love each us and desire we spend time with Him!  May He bless each of you abundantly and continue to supply your every need according to His riches in glory!  I pray that He will give each of you unexpected “gifts” this month as you include Him in every area of your lives.  Look for Him and watch for Him with an expectancy of “seeing” Him involved in every detail of your lives!  May He reveal those things that have been hidden until now!!  Are you excited yet?  Haven’t you always wanted to go “treasure” hunting? I pray that you will begin today and find ALL that belongs to you as a child of the KING of kings!

 

Believing the best…with you,

 

 

Frank Withers

 

 

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