Treasures That Save


Today at church while our Pastor spoke about two sections of scripture, I couldn’t help but be reminded of some loose ends in this blog that I wanted to tie up. The loose ends are from the posts  entitled, “Established, For the Sake of His Children” and “Embracing Autism”  I love it how God keeps bringing topics up in different ways!   I had wanted to expand on the “for the sake of His children” thought and it ties so nicely with the the hidden treasures in the “Embracing Autism” post! So here it goes:

Our Pastor spoke about about the verse I wrote on in the post called Embracing Autism. Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”

He also spoke about  2 Kings 7:3-16 where 4 men with leprosy were banned from the people and forced to stay outside the city gates.  There was a famine at the time so whether they stayed in the city or out, the 4 people would die.  So they decided to leave the area and go up to the camp of the Arameans and surrender.  Then they would either be saved by them, or killed but they figured they’d at least have a 50% chance at living instead of no chance.  It turned out when they arrived, the Arameans had left, because God had made them hear chariots, horses and a great army that made them think the Israelites were going to attack them.  So “The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp and entered one of the tents. They ate and drank, and carried away silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also. Then they said to each other, “We’re not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”  2 Kings 7:8-9.

The good news that they were keeping to themselves, was that they would not die of the famine because of the abundant food and supplies they had access to.   And they knew it was wrong to keep it to themselves, and only save themselves–so they went back and told the Israelites the good news so they could be saved as well and have plenty of food to eat.

So what is our good news?

The good news in 2 Kings is like the treasure in Matthew 13.  To keep that treasure–ultimately, that God sent Jesus to die for us so we could be saved and have relationship with Him and because he loves us THAT MUCH, but that also encompasses us selling ourselves to live for God–to live for that treasure: Jesus.  We know that is not as easy as it seems when the treasure in Gods’ will does not line up with what we imagine a treasure should look like.  But once the treasure is revealed, it would be wrong to not share it!  To keep all the hope and beauty to ourselves and not tell our friends about it so they could also enjoy the vast amounts of “food” during the time of famine?

When we embrace the will of God, that is a treasure, for to be able to see things as our Heavenly Father sees them, all the fog and dust are blown away to reveal an absolute gem that glistens brighter than anything else in its midst!

So how do I do this?  How do I share the treasure that I see in autism for the sake of His people…for the sake of those who don’t know Him yet?  For the sake of those who do know Him but are devastated by the tragedy?  How do I do this when I am mostly at home with my children and still quite isolated because of our needs having two out of three young children with autism? This is not as easy as it seems when we are still quite isolated.  But God has provided a way for such a time as this–writing in the sea of Blog.  Casting out fishing line into the unknown oceans in the internet.  I do hope and pray that these treasures are being revealed to all who read this.  That many readers are unmet friends in similar circumstances.  That my friends who read this would pass it along to those they have contact with who are in the midst of dealing with autism or other similar circumstances!  I pray that God would give me words of encouragement that can reach all these unknowns, that they may know Jesus, and that His treasures will be revealed to them.  Treasures that Save.

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2 Comments

  1. Debbie said,

    March 9, 2010 at 7:08 AM

    Wow Merri!! You put into words so eloquently all that I have believed for my children. The name of our homeschool-Diamond Academy because when diamonds are found they look just like clear rocks and it takes much planning and time to prepare a diamond.

    The mined rough diamonds are converted into gems through a multi-step process called “cutting”. Diamonds are extremely hard, but also brittle and can be split up by a single blow. Therefore, diamond cutting is traditionally considered as a delicate procedure requiring skills, scientific knowledge, tools and experience. Its final goal is to produce a faceted jewel where the specific angles between the facets would optimize the diamond luster, that is dispersion of white light, whereas the number and area of facets would determine the weight of the final product. The weight reduction upon cutting is significant and can be of the order of 50%.[42] Several possible shapes are considered, but the final decision is often determined not only by scientific, but also practical considerations. For example the diamond might be intended for display or for wear, in a ring or a necklace, singled or surrounded by other gems of certain color and shape.[76]

    The most time-consuming part of the cutting is the preliminary analysis of the rough stone. It needs to address a large number of issues, bears much responsibility, and therefore can last years in case of unique diamonds. The following issues are considered:

    The hardness of diamond and its ability to cleave strongly depend on the crystal orientation. Therefore, the crystallographic structure of the diamond to be cut is analyzed using X-ray diffraction in order to choose the optimal cutting directions.
    Most diamonds contain visible non-diamond inclusions and crystal flaws. The cutter has to decide which flaws are to be removed by the cutting and which could be kept.
    The diamond can be split by a single, well calculated blow of a hammer to a pointed tool, which is quick, but risky. Alternatively, it can be cut with a diamond saw, which is a more reliable but tedious procedure.[76][77]
    After initial cutting, the diamond is shaped in numerous stages of polishing. Unlike cutting, which is a responsible but quick operation, polishing removes material by gradual erosion and is extremely time consuming. The associated technique is well developed; it is considered as a routine and can be performed by technicians.[78] After polishing, the diamond is reexamined for possible flaws, either remaining or induced by the process. Those flaws are concealed through various diamond enhancement techniques, such as repolishing, crack filling, or clever arrangement of the stone in the jewelry. Remaining non-diamond inclusions are removed through laser drilling and filling of the voids produced

    My little diamonds-who the Lord is helping us to prepare for the plans He has for them!!
    Love you Merri!!

  2. merrilewis said,

    March 9, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Thanks Debbie! I love it that you named your homeschool! Diamond Academy is awesome! I just love the image in my mind of when the dust is being blown off the jewel. That image is was finally gave my blog a name: Treasures in the Dust. As soon as I had the name, I thought of a Bull Frogs and Butterflies song called Diamond in the Rough, and it is such a cute kids song! I’ve had that tune/lyrics going through my head all day! I love the treasures in the dust because we also were made from the dust–and we are treasures to God! The apple of His eye! Some day I’ll have to capture the image in my head either by recreating it and using photography, or suddenly become an artist.. ha ha!


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