What a Treasure!

Yesterday, we meandered through the hills while walking in a nearby wildlife area. My children laughed as they tromped over logs, looking for the trail markers which guided our path. I felt refreshed, trying to get over a bit of disappointment from earlier in the day. Our “first choice” walking trail had been closed due to the coronavirus. We settled on this one, hoping a place so close to home would be nice.

I heard the roar of the creek before we arrived. My breath caught as we entered the clearing at the base of a rapid. How could this place be so close to home? What a treasure!

Life has seemed to be all topsy-turvy since we’ve been asked to shelter at home. So many everyday things have been stripped away.

For most of us, we’ve been left with our home and family. We’ve been asked to stick together, and give up the things that pull us apart in the outside world. And do you know what? I believe if we look close enough at this situation, we will find a treasure here, too.

Spending time with our family is the most important thing that we can do. This lockdown has helped us all to separate good from great things. Sure, an outside obligation might be good, but it does not compare to the greatness involved in pouring into the lives of our children at home.

Our home is a treasure, waiting for us to fill it with good things.

Our children are treasures, made in the image of our God.

When everything is stripped away, what is left? Our families. I’m thankful that the Lord has given us this time to reflect on ways we can serve Him and His purposes while at home.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:21

I believe there have been many heart checks during this time of staying at home. Are our hearts as attached to our families as they are to the things of this world? Are our families truly the treasures of our heart, beside our relationship with God of course?

I hope this time has rejuvenated many family relationships. May God bless us as we seek His will for our lives.

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