Tuesday, December 21, 2010

When the door to your treasure has been locked

Lost treasures

Have you ever been given a treasure? An unexpected gift that fills your heart to overflowing the moment you receive it. You may not have known what to expect but soon, very soon, you know you cannot live without it.

You are grateful, you honor, and you love your treasure more than yourself and you are filled with joyful abundance as you walk through life with your treasure.

And then it is gone. No matter how faithfully you look, how hard or how long you chase, your treasure is gone. You search, you plan, you sacrificially race to find it; you go to unknown places and unfamiliar territory hoping to retrieve your treasure. Days, weeks, months, and perhaps years go by, and although you don't want to give up, you walk up to the last door, just moments after it has closed...and it is locked. You know your treasure is just beyond the brick and mortar, yet, you cannot push your way through.

While the door prevents you from entering, you can still feel your treasure, you carry it with you in your heart. If only there was one more thing you could do; how you long to hold your treasure safely in your arms once again. There is not, and the weight of the loss is too much to bear. You have been faithful, you have tried with all of your might, and yet every opportunity offered has been in vain. The last door has been slammed shut. You are defeated, you feel hopeless, the fight is over.

The door to your heart has been broken, shattered into a million pieces. You are empty.

Where do you go when the door to your treasure has been locked up and sealed tight? You are broken and spilled out, where do yo go from here? How can you even begin to gather your brokenness together and take your first steps back home...without your treasure?

As I lay broken and spilled out this morning, my thoughts turn to our very own God chaser. God understands, for he's had a whole world of prodigals. From Genesis to Revelations, we discover that God relentlessly provided ways for His treasures to return to Him. He gave us perfection, we wanted more. He offered restoration with His Law, we rejected and broke it. He gave us miracles, we were unsatisfied. His final offer was one of grace--and His only begotten Son, Jesus, paid the sacrifice in our stead to open the door, once and for all, so we could break through the locked door of separation and walk into abundant and eternal life! Yes, God understands; his Heart knows our pain. His heart did not give up on us--to the point of unthinkable sacrifice on our behalf.

God's Heart.

When we are lost and defeated.....trust God's heart.
When our struggles blind us from the Truth.....trust God's heart.
"When we don't see His plan...When we can't trace His Hand...Trust [God's] heart."

Are you laying in a puddle of despair on the outside of the last closed door today? Please listen to this beautiful song of Truth by Babbie Mason. Let it restore your soul and give you strength to pick up the first pieces of your broken heart.

There is hope for "He sees the master plan and He holds [your] future in His [righteous] hand."

As we lay broken in mind, body and soul, our spirit "sees the present clearly, but He sees the first and the last. And like a tapestry He's weaving you and me to someday be just like Him."

Today, will you join me, and set aside our own ways of restoring our treasure? Perhaps we've been trusting ourselves in our search...this moment, as you listen to Babbie Mason's beautiful song, let's begin trusting God for our treasure. He "alone is faithful and true" and He alone gave us our treasure. He had the power to create our treasure and God still holds the resurrection power to restore our treasure.

You've have heard it said before, "When one door closes another door opens." Let's pick up the puddle of our brokenness laying before an impenetrable door and Trust God's heart as he opens the right door, His door--that no one can shut! (Revelations 3:8)


26 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Today's Affirmation: There is nothing in life that can happen to beat me down or discourage me to the point of giving up. No matter what happens, I have the strength, wisdom, power, might, and courage of Christ. Bring it on world, I'm ready!"

Deana O'Hara said...

I'm speachless. Diane, this is a WONDERFUL post. And timely. What a year this has been not only for my family but for our friends. Great post. Thank you.

Cynthia said...

Smiling through tears this morning. God is awesome!! Diane, He uses you in ways you will never realize til you get to the other side. Thank you for your beautiful words of hope this morning. I LOVE YOU!

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