Yesterday, I was hot, I was dirty and I was really getting sick of sorting through everything we have rejected and dumped in the middle of our garage. No, I haven’t taken a second job as trashman, I am trying to get ready to have a garage sale next weekend. I know we need one as we are desperately overrun with junk. But my idea of garage sales (mine or anyone’s) is crazed mania as people arrive from what appears to be nowhere to plunder through everything like a hive of angry bees.
My daughter came out to help briefly, probably because during my most recent pass through the house I told her she’d watched enough TV and find something else to do.
As she helped organize partial yarn balls, she said “why do we have to work so hard to get ready for a yard sale? Can’t we just throw everything out into the yard? While I must say I was tempted, instead I explained how a little work on our part turned our junk into someone elses’ treasure. If she went to a garage sale, would she want to buy someone elses’ junk, or find a treasure?
Well, I thought that explanation was pretty good! And it must have had some impact as I got her help for another 1/2 hour til she found a “treasure” in the garage and hauled it back into her bedroom to play a while.
Well my intent wasn’t for her to drag what was originally rejected back into our house, but over the course of the day I found myself doing the same with a few things. The BBQ bowl that didn’t work with our grill, but now that we had to replace the grill the bowl fit. A few special books my mom had bought for me, hidden among all the books I was getting rid of now that I have a Kindle. These treasures were things I overlooked for a long time before their value revealed itself to me.
It occurred to me that reading God’s Word is often the same. I can read the same passage over and over, recite it in church and even sing about it in a song lyric and not “get it.” It has no special meaning, I get no aha moment from it. Then out of the blue, for no particular reason, the same scripture is exactly what I need.
2 Timothy 2:7 tells us to “think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” What we need to remember is that understanding – our treasure – may not be something we recognize the first time we read it, or the second or maybe even the third. Instead of overlooking it, or even discarding it like the junk in a garage sale, we need to keep it around. If we continue to read God’s Word, we will find the comfort and support we need from it, just when we need it. And that is a real treasure.
Other Bible verses about God’s Word:
Psalm 119:105 Yor word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered: It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
Psalm 119: 10-11 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.