A Nugget In The Field!

We don’t often hear the word nugget.  The dictionary says it signifies a lump and is often used when referring to gold.  Mankind has spent a lot of time with one eye continually scanning for a nugget thinking it would make so much difference in life.  Would it surprise you to know that our Creator has spread more than one nugget in life’s field for us to find?  It might come in different shapes and sizes, but it could be a life changing nugget regardless.

I imagine that in a world that has evolved into something that our ancestors would not recognize we might not find many today who are looking for a simple nugget.  And yet if we spend any time thinking about it we would come to realize that most of the things that are important to us had a small beginning.  They came from years of progress, both mental and physical.

Have you ever spent any time wondering what you might do with a lump of gold or even hoping that you might one day find one?  We people have such a way about placing value on an object; it must look good before we will even try to place a value on it and yet some of the world’s most valuable objects may not look valuable.  What then makes an object valuable?  It may not be at all what you see.  At Christmas many people would love a box of chocolate covered cherries.  It’s not for the common chocolate, but for the cherry hidden inside.  If you met Billy Graham on the street in his younger years would you have ever imagined the value his life might become?  We, each and every one of us, has the opportunity to become valuable in this God-given life.  We were created to love and be loved by the God who made us; He considered us valuable when we were babes in arms; you might say we were nuggets placed in God’s field to be discovered for His purpose.

How often as children did we spend our time with friends looking for a treasure and hoping we would find something really special before anyone else did.  At that point in time we knew very little about what a treasure might even look like and yet we searched.  Matthew learned at the feet of Jesus that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (6:21)I wonder if that is true for people today or if caught up in today’s hustle and bustle we often fail to see the things that appear in our path.  Paul, in his time with our Lord, learned that we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us (2nd Corinthians 4:7).  As many years have passed and technology has grown have we forgotten the true and real meaning of the word?  A treasure today is primarily tagged to a monetary value.  I wonder just when it was that we lost what the Father who created us intended.  The Psalmist knew quite well and recorded it for posterity – I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure (119:162).

Many of us would have to admit that what we once would have called a treasure no longer seems to satisfy the need or desire of our lives.  We understand the truth of what Matthew said in his day – Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal (6:19-20).  Can and are we taking heed of what we know to be truth; are we spending our time with God’s children sharing the truth that we have learned and hoping to make a difference in the life of a lost soul?  There is more to life than what money can buy and it is past time for us to begin to live reality rather than the misconstrued evidence we see so much today.

Think truly, and thy thoughts shall the world’s famine feed;
Speak truly, and each word of thine shall be a fruitful seed;
Live truly, and thy life shall be a great and noble creed.

                                                                                                 Horatius Bona