He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:6
It was an unusually warm for this time of year, in the 70’s I think. David and I decided to go out to the beach to hunt for shark teeth. An addiction we were happy to rekindle now that we were back on the east coast of Florida.
Our timing was perfect. When we arrived at the beach, the tide was going out. The water rushing over the sand and washing back into the ocean churned up some great finds.
At first glance there was not much to see except a whole lot of hard, broken, bits of shells mixed with sand. A beach full. Hmm. But looking with more intensity, I saw my first shinny black tooth peeping out from the rocky surface. It was right in the middle of all the broken shells. I had looked in this same place just seconds before but hadn’t seen a thing.
How did I miss it?
Then David yelled out, “Found one”.
After sifting through a fist full of broken shells from the same area, like a miner panning for gold, I found another two.
In a matter of minutes, where we could see nothing but bits and pieces of broken shell, there seem to be hundreds of beautiful shiny black teeth. All shapes and sizes. Some were actually gray, which means they haven’t been churning around in the ocean as long.
We found seventy-five sharks teeth in the span of an hour.
Once we saw beyond our nearsightedness, the teeth seemed so simple to find. They stuck out like bright stars in a moonless night. Shiny black pearls, treasures in the sand.
I can be just as shortsighted in everyday life too. Can’t you?
We all have days when we can’t see past the brokenness. A Broken heart, a broken marriage, a broken home, broken dreams or a broken trust. Like broken shells in the sand these problems can obscure our view of the beautiful treasure trove that God has laid right before our eyes. What we see and what we find depends on what we focus on.
Take a step back with me and look at the big picture….the whole beach. What riches can you see today, right this very minute, that maybe like me, you pass over or maybe take for granted? Look closely now. Once you see one, you’ll soon find another, then another. Just like shark teeth you’ll find them everywhere.
All the things I take for granted are too many to list here but when I name just a few the whole outlook on my day begins to change. For instance, just waking up this morning,… I count as a dividend. The smell of chocolate chip cookies baking…mmm, divine. The warmth of the sun on my face,.. heavenly. Hearing the rain falling on the roof as I’m nodding off to sleep… sublime. Fresh air to inhale, clean water to drink, three meals a day (in my case 5 or 6) and a bounty of family and dear friends…. icing on my cake. A wealth of blessings, given by the God who loves me, all right in front of me and two eyes to view it all.
So on the days where it seems like your shore is only filled with broken shells, just remember to put on your reading glasses and look a little closer. You too will find those shiny black pearls (what’s going right) peeping out from the brokenness (what’s going wrong). You see, even on the rockiest beach, you can always find treasures in the sand.