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An old Butter Nut coffee can, a softball, a length of electrical wire, and a hatchet. Is that enough to make one teenage boy excited? Apparently! Let me explain…

Last year our family moved into a little farmhouse in the country, and we often uncover old items. It seems that two elderly bachelor brothers owned it years ago, and almost weekly we find remnants of their lives around the homestead. My son recently noticed an additional wall behind the pantry, grabbed his flashlight, and began in earnest to “see what was back there.”

To date, he’s located the items previously listed, an old egg carton, a frame from a mechanics work light, an invoice for a farm machinery part purchased in 1978, and a four pound rock.


He dreams of discovering coins, gold, or cash that the two old brothers might have stashed in an out-of-the-way nook. It’s a delicious thought that keeps him excited as he searches for new treasures in hidden places.

My son’s adventure reminded me of a small portion of Scripture in a letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians:
“That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3).

These verses reveal an amazing truth about searching the Bible. As we “dig” in the Scriptures to become more connected, we’re guaranteed that discovering heaven’s treasures of assurance, understanding, and knowledge are a natural by-product of a relationship with our God. This beautiful synergy between knowing our Creator and attaining a deeper comprehension of God’s ways through the study of the Word go hand in hand. It’s like looking for treasure!

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