“In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
(You’ll have to read that with a boisterous, piratey sort of triumph, if you will.)
AHA! (More throaty. Like a growl. There you go.)
Juicy, delectable raspberries in the peak of ripeness.
But more than that – these tender little packages of pure taste explosion were hidden.
And I found them!
Hence the rowdy ‘Aha!‘
(Perhaps here is a great place to inject some explanation.)
What you need to know is, the berries on the top, at the edge, visible to the naked eye so to speak, are small. Drying up in the sun. After a casual perusal, I brought out one pail.
Should be plenty.
Uh – no.
I forgot that later pickings of raspberries are rather akin to a treasure hunt. You know. Exciting. Mysterious. Full of effort and intrigue and grunts and scratches, searches and seeks.
You can look at the bushes from the outside and just see green. Then whammo, you part the bushes, stretch on your tippy toes, try the old ‘squint and squat’, lean just to the point of no return after thrusting your scratched up elbows beyond their sockets, and there they are.
These are the juiciest. The most mouth watering. The plumpest, the ripest, the most Instagram worthy of all.
And they were worth getting a few scrapes for.
They aren’t the most convenient to reach. They aren’t easily grabbed. They involve some awkwardness, some effort, some perusal, some due care and attention.
In short, some intent and affirmative action.
And I’m telling you, they are worth the hunt.
So when the Bible makes out that wisdom and knowledge are treasures worth hunting for, and that they are only found in Jesus, we ought to sit up and pay attention.
Think about what that means.
What our hearts most crave, the sum of human desire and effort and success, is found in Jesus.
But there’s more.
They are hidden.
As in, not easily found without some work.
As in, designed to be just far enough out of our reach that we would be motivated to search hard for it.
It may be inconvenient to seek Jesus. It may involve a cost. It may hurt. It may push us into discomfort. It may feel frustrating. It may challenge our resources.
But it will be worth the effort.
See, finding Jesus is the ultimate treasure hunt. At times He feels elusive. We can lose sight of Him. Just when we feel that we have learned how to approach Him, situations and circumstances change and we need to relearn what we thought we knew.
Jesus – and all the wisdom and knowledge that are hidden so beautifully as the world’s greatest treasure hunt – is worth the hunt. This is a treasure beyond our wildest imagination, to know and be known by the King of the Universe, a Being beyond time and space, the inventor of physics and language, the designer of all life.
So why doesn’t He just make it easy? Like grabbing the berries right off the top?
Think about it.
Do you really value what came easy? Or do you value the rare, the hard fought, and the triumph of a challenge well played?
Yeah. I thought so.
Me too, if I’m honest.
So whaddya say?
Seek for true treasure with me?
Father, how interesting that You have hidden Yourself just enough to invite us into this magnificent treasure hunt for You and Your gifts of wisdom and knowledge! Give us hearts to desire the treasure, and the tools to search well. Amen.