Dig deep to find hidden truth
>> On the horizon
THERE is something exciting about digging for a treasure. It is discovering the unknown, finding what is below the surface. It is being hopeful that what you find is much better than what you imagine.
I used to grow potatoes in the central Gippsland hills and the most exciting phase of growing potatoes was digging them out of the ground. The size of your crop remains hidden until you harvest it. Until then you live in hope of a good crop. When all is revealed, particularly if the crop is heavy, it is rewarding seeing them tumbling up the conveyor belt.
Recently I drove through Cooper Pedy and was amused by the opal drilling mounds dotted around the landscape. There were many tiny mounds indicating that nothing was found however here and there were huge mounds revealing the productivity of the mining.
However, the ultimate in looking for treasure would have to be gold mining. People will do almost anything in search for gold and I imagine if you stumbled across a nugget, there would be mass excitement.
Let me focus on another treasure, the treasure of truth. Truth is often hidden — in fact, Jesus told stories in the Bible about everyday relatable events and hidden within the story was a truth to be discovered.
Why hidden? Jesus wanted people who had faith and a hunger to learn to understand the secrets of the kingdom of God. Conversely, those with hard hearts could not ‘see’ the truth.
All this makes me think of a lovely story in the Bible about the healing of a paralytic man. The four friends who brought the man to Jesus could not get to him because of the crowd yet beyond this barrier was a truth that they desperately wanted for their friend.
Concealed by the house and hidden by the crowd was the Son of God, the healer of our body, mind and soul. Yet this ‘stubborn refusal to give in’ type faith caused the friends to dig through the roof of the house and unearth the truth below.
The friends came with expectant faith and the reward for their friend was far greater than the biggest gold nugget. This ‘treasure’ was forgiveness from a lifetime of sin and physical healing that meant he could walk, run and work again. What a wonderful blessing!
You and I need faith to ‘dig’ and discover the truth about the mystery of God. From the outside, this mystery is hidden but through faith, we find the most wonderful truth that sets us free from the troubles of this world and prepares us to enter eternity. What a blessing to all who choose by faith to dig for treasure! Pastor David Lloyd Community Church Kyabram