As I reflect back on all of the events in my life of the past week, I am ashamed to say that I have not been as thankful as I should be for all that the Lord has done for me. After the storm damage we incurred a couple of weeks ago and all of the activity associated with the cleanup and restoration, I have found myself so involved in the details of it all that I have not paused and taken the time to give thanks for all of the real treasures God has blessed me with. And these treasures I speak of are not the material things that were lost during that time but are of a very different nature. So let me tell you about some of them.
Let me begin with family. I am blessed with a wonderful wife of almost 50 years. She has been my best friend and my confidant for all these years and I can’t imagine spending any part of my remaining life without her by my side. I love her in a way that I can’t put into words. We have three amazing daughters who are raising families of their own and doing quite a good job I must say. I have watched them grow and mature through the good times and the bad and I believe it is because they have a strong foundation to stand on. And my grandchildren. What can I say? We love them so much that we can’t seem to do enough to show them how proud we are of them. These all are real treasures in my life that God has given me in spite of my sin and failures. And I am so thankful for all of them.
How about friends? Again, I am blessed with some great friends that I know would be there for me and my family in times of distress. They exemplify the very nature of what it means to help bear one another’s burdens. Many people go through life without having one person they can call a true friend but I have several. And these are real treasures that God has blessed me with. And I am so thankful for all of them.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the most basic treasures I have. I have a good job that has allowed me to take care of my family. I have reasonably good health for my age inspire of my previous heart attack and present heart condition. I can still walk, talk, hear, see, and smell. I have lived a relatively long life compared to many others and even though there is no promise of tomorrow I look forward to every day here on earth. All of these are also real treasures from God’s storehouse of blessings and I am so thankful for all of them.
But now consider the greatest treasure of all. I have a personal relationship with the Son of God, the one who was willing to give His life to pay my sin debt and set me free from the very bondage of that sin. I have direct access to God the Father anytime I need to call on Him. I have an advocate with the Father who is ever interceding on my behalf. His name is Jesus and I belong to Him. Not for anything that I have done but simply because of who He is and what He did at Calvary. There is no treasure greater than this and I am so thankful that God’s gift of salvation.
If you have noticed, I have not mentioned material possessions at all. And I think it is obvious why. Real treasures are found in people and other things that are intangible. And the greatest treasure of all is found in my dearest friend, Jesus. I sincerely hope He is yours.