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Found Treasure

This post was saved in my drafts for almost a year now. I’m glad it was available for me to find again.

Last week I was going through a box we had in our storage closet. It was a box of nice, normal stuff: books, nick-knacks, and random papers. You know, the kind of things you haven’t seen in years, and therefore decide half of it can go to a new home.

Once I freed the books of their unneeded box-mates I began looking at the papers and found a forgotten treasure. I found the notes Jim wrote as he was preparing to speak at my dad’s funeral. Time stopped as I read…and cried.

And I realized again the depth of insight that is in my husband.

The dictionary defines insight as the power or act of seeing into a situation and the act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively. 

Insight sees beyond the surface of a person or circumstance. Insight sees not just the whole thing, but the bit and pieces that make up the whole – positive or negative, good or bad, necessary or unnecessary.

While the words that Jim wrote about my dad were true, the character of the man who wrote them came out as he chose how to use the insight given to him. He chose to see a lasting treasure. He chose to see my dad as God saw my dad.

How many times are we frustrated by those who only choose to see what they want to see? How many times are we the ones who only choose to see the surface?

We let hurts, insecurities, or pride keep us behind the safety net of an almost translucent curtain. Some parts are clearly seen, but the full image is not completely known to us. We can delude ourselves into thinking that’s okay when it actually keeps us from experiencing the best that God has for us. It keeps us from experiencing the fullness of His heart for us and for others. It keeps us from seeing what the Lord treasures most about us.

But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. – 1st Samuel 16:7 AMP