by Tom Goodman
May 28, 2008
Sometimes a can of cream of asparagus soup can change your life.
Just ask Jeanna Dodd of Centreville, Virginia. She was out of work, short on rent money, and dependent on groceries from a local food bank. But when she popped the lid on a donated can of soup, jewels, gold, silver, rings, a bracelet, and
a Rolex watch came spilling out.
The soup can was actually not a soup can at all, but a replica used to hide valuables from burglars. Apparently, someone mistakenly donated it to the food bank. Dodd reported the find, worth about $7,000. When no one came forward to
claim the treasure, it was hers.
Jeanna Dodd found a treasure she wasn't looking for. It's a different story for Bob Wehle, a diamond hunter at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. The park is the world's only publicly operated diamond site where
visitors are allowed to search and keep any gems they find. In 2006 Wehle found a 5.47-carat canary diamond, bright yellow with no visible flaws. It could be worth well over $60,000.
Jesus compared life with him to treasure. In two famous parables in Matthew 13, he said it's a treasure some find when they aren't looking for it, while others find it after a long and eager search.
Some discover him when they aren't looking, like Jeanna Dodd and her soup can. They are just taking things one day at a time, paying the bills, feeding the family, with no time or inclination to ask the deeper questions like, "What is my
purpose in life?" or "Is there a God and is he happy with me?" Then, unexpectedly, they get exposed to life with Christ, and immediately they want in on this deal.
On the other hand, some discover life with him after a long spiritual quest, like Bob Wehle and his diamond. They look for fulfillment in religious rituals and books with spiritual themes, hungry for answers to ultimate questions. But
when they discover the grace and guidance of Jesus, they know they've found the real thing.
One of those stories probably matches your spiritual biography. This Sunday we'll look closely at what Jesus said about finding the treasure of the Christian life. Join us at 9:30am or 10:45am!
At my weblog, "Get Anchored," every Sunday I post a new "Song of the Week" (This week, my high
school's "class song," Boston's "Don't Look Back"). Also, every Tuesday I post some entertaining and informative "Links to Your World."
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