By Suzanne Davis Harden
“We have this treasure from God, but we are only like clay jars that hold the treasure. This is to show that the amazing power we have is from God, not from us.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:7
Has someone ever said something to you that you took the wrong way?
One day, when I had a severe migraine, I lay on my bed thinking about something that my son who lives 3000 miles away from us, had said to me earlier-something that at first I’d thought humorous.
My son has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to make jokes.
My head throbbing with pain, the more I brooded about what he’d said, the more I began to take it personally.
It was as if some invisible force were giving me poisonous thoughts to drink and I was just gobbling them right up, like a child taking candy from a dark, sinister stranger.
Negative assumptions like, “he said that, not to make me laugh, but to make fun of me–“ rolled through my mind like waves on the shore.
Sad thoughts graduated from my son no longer even loved me to neither did my daughter love me anymore either!
Sobbing, my head on fire, I was not thinking clearly, and I was inconsolable.
Suddenly in my heart I saw it; a little clear acrylic upright piano music box that my son had given me when he was a little boy.
Christian had saved up all of his allowance and begged to go to his favorite store ~back then it was the Drug Store but they also sold candy, toys, knick-knacks and novelties, besides healthcare products. “Please just take me to Revco!” he pleaded.
When we got there, Christian chose a miniature piano music box that played the tune to “My Favorite Things” when wound up.
Smiling, his blue eyes sparkling, Christian looked up at me and said, “I want to buy this just for you, Mama; you can keep your most special jewelry treasures in it.”
The memory brought tears to my eyes as the Lord spoke to my heart. “Christian loves you just as much now as he did then. Don’t listen to poisonous thoughts. They are lies. Christian bought you that little piano because he wanted you to have a Treasure Box.”
Despite my headache, I went and found the little music box piano and opened the top. It had a space for small jewelry and trinkets. Christian had meant it to be a jewelry box for me. I cherished it.
The Lord whispered, “Is your son not your treasure?” Then I repented of all the awful thoughts that I had been thinking.
After my headache cleared up, the Lord led me to the local Arts & Crafts Shop. When I got to the charms in the Jewelry Aisle, the Holy Spirit said, “Pick out everything that reminds you of Christian.”
The first thing I saw was a monkey. I chose it because of how Christian always made me laugh!
Then I found a sparkling round golden sun and chose it because he was always so filled with joy and could brighten my day with just a phone call or text.
Next I found a ruby red heart to symbolize the love of Christ in him,then a precious little zebra charm because he’d always dared to be different.
On and on I searched for jewels or treasures that symbolized the wonderful, beautiful son I had. And then I did the same thing for my precious daughter Faith.
I was filled with joy as I actively searched for everything good about them that I could think of.
I was going to be prepared the next time the enemy came knocking with his poison. Now I had an arsenal of treasures to remind me of all the good things to think about and praise God for in my children!
When I got home I placed all those charms I’d bought that reminded me of Christian inside of the little music treasure box piano as I prayed over each one–thanking God for precious son He’d blessed me with.
That night, I texted Christian. I had planned to write and tell him all of the wonderful things I thought about him.
I got as far as “Hi cri…” Ooops!!
“Hi mo..” He immediately texted me back!
Oh no…this was not how it was supposed to go… I then tried again. I wrote and told him what a beautiful person he was and how thankful I was for him and that he was my treasure. He called me immediately.
He could barely speak. He’d been sick for the past week and that’s why I had not heard from him.
After I got off the phone I again thanked The Lord for my son. I thanked Jesus for not allowing the enemy to deceive me, but for correcting my thoughts when I had been listening to negative lies.
The enemy plays havoc with our minds when we allow him entrance. When we give place to judging, accusing thoughts we are playing in the devil’s court because in Revelation 12:10, the Bible calls the devil, “the accuser of the brethren.” And those negative thoughts are always poison.
Thank the Lord for the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us, guarding us day and night, and can rescue us from the enemy! The Bible promises, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19 KJV)
Our minds are a battleground and we need always to be vigilant to shut the windows and bar the doors on all negative thoughts.
If we would practice this scripture from Philippians 4:8 (TLB) “Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about,” ~ imagine how different our lives and our world could be!
God is looking for these good things in us, just as He had me hunt for the “treasures” in my children.
He has since sent me hunting for the treasures in many others, including myself.
It is a lot more joyful looking for the good in others when you realize that they are truly God’s precious jewels.
We are all Christ’s treasures, our bodies His treasure box. He cherishes each and every one of us.
Heavenly Father, may You help us to seek for the good things in ourselves, in our circumstances, and in others even as You are seeking for those good things in each of us. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen
God’s Treasure’s © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Photo Illustrations © S.D. Harden
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