How to find the greatest treasure

Proverbs 2:10

The girl walked through the open door and stared at the long, narrow steps that led to the second floor apartment. Her grandmother stood at the top waiting to welcome her.

The journey to Grandmother seemed like it would take a lifetime. Her seven year old legs could only go so fast. Plus she was on a mission – one that was given to her at each visit. She needed to find something that had been lost.

She began to climb the stairs, carefully examining each step for the lost treasure. The first step was clean. The second step was clean. Then came the third step, and she found it. She reached down and picked up one quarter and two pennies.

She continued upward to the fourth and fifth steps, carefully looking for more. She found two dimes and a nickel on the seventh step. Another quarter and dime on step twelve. By the time she reached the top, she had found a total of $1.50.

Greeting Grandmother, she held out the money. “Grandma,” she said, “you lost money again.” Grandmother laughed. “I must be more careful from now on,” she said. “You can keep it since you found it.” The girl smiled. She would add it to the treasure she had found on previous visits.

It took twenty more years for the girl to realize that grandmother had purposely placed those coins throughout the apartment for her to find. Grandmother loved to watch the girl’s face light up when she found each penny, nickel, dime and quarter. She wanted the girl to have these things.

Our Almighty Father also has treasure waiting for us. We only need to seek it and it is ours.

Proverbs 2:4 says:

and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure

What is this treasure he is speaking of? It is wisdom and knowledge.

Proverbs 2:10 says:

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

We will not find this treasure on the stairs going to my grandmother’s apartment or the steps leading to your own home. No, this treasure is found only through seeking God in His Word and through prayer.

That is where we will find our greatest treasure.

30 thoughts on “How to find the greatest treasure

  1. Beautiful reminder, Jenny, to keep seeking God … through His Word and through prayer.

    “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

    Blessed to join you from Coffee For Your Heart. : )

  2. Jenny,
    The story pulled me right in and made me want to hunt for more coins. The same can be said for my hunger and thirst to seek out His wisdom. Just like I seek out which camp my children will attend, which hotel is the best for the best rate and which grocery store has my items on sale, I will all the more diligently mine for the treasures to be found in Him. Happy to be your neighbor at #DanceWithJesus

  3. Jenny, the story of what your grandmother did in hiding the money was breathtaking. What an act of relationship and love on her part. I loved reading about it. God draws us into relationship in much the same way. Hiding truths and nuggets of love in His Word. Love the comparison you made. Stopped in from Grace & Truth. Bless you.

  4. Hi Jenny! So glad I came over from Fellowship Friday when I saw your sweet face familiar from Compel! I was just pondering on this very idea this week. I was asked, “How do you hear God?” The more I reflected on that, the more I realized I hear Him not only when I stop to listen but when I seek Him with my whole heart! Such a great message!

  5. Oh, Jenny, I love this story. It reminds me of an uncle of mine who would help me ‘find’ beautiful polished agates. (He was a rock hound, and would sprinkle the path of our campsite with pretties.) I remember the delight of those days.

    I had never thought to link that memory with seeking the Lord’s treasures. But how much more does He wish to gift us with precious things, than our earthly loved ones did?

    Beautiful post!

  6. What a sweet, thought-provoking story, Jenny. Our heavenly Father does love to give his children good gifts, doesn’t He? It occurs to me, though, that sometimes, our appreciation of those gifts is sort of like your understanding of what your grandmother did for you … it only comes long after the fact. So glad I stopped by from Purposeful Faith …

  7. Hi Jenny, just this morning I read, “I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure.” (Psalm 119:162, NLT). Love when God works like this. Visiting from Intentional Tuesday this morning ~

  8. What a sweet story. I have such precious memories of my grandmother and the wonderful ways she made my time with her special.

    Thank you for the reminder to search God’s word as if searching for treasure. It is so easy just to read and go on. To search for the treasure is how roots are formed into an abundant harvest.

    Thanks, Jenny!

    Samantha
    Joining from #RaRalinkup (and a fellow compel sister!)

  9. What a special story! I love this idea that he has it waiting for me. I feel so encouraged. Thank you Jenny. Keep on sharing from your awesome perspective. Cheering on your truthful words from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

  10. What a precious story! I’m so glad you shared it in that way. Our Father loves to give us good and wonderful gifts, and I imagine it does delight Him to see our surprised, thankful expressions. 🙂
    Thanks for linking up through Grace & Truth! I hope to see you again this next week.

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