10.12.2009

Our Treasures


Our pastor told a story in church yesterday morning that has stayed with me. I am a very visual person – so I love word pictures. I don’t know if this is a true story or if it’s a legend, but the message remains profound.


Apparently Islam is vehemently against idols. I confess I don’t know a whole lot about the Islamic faith, but I do know it is monotheistic. Moving on … Mohammad made it a goal to get rid of all the false idols in his region. He travelled by foot to different communities and his helpers would tear down the idols the citizens had built. When he arrived in one city his helpers tore down all but one of the idols. The people came out to plead with Mohammad not to tear down this idol as it was desperately important to them. Mohammad was almost won over by their extreme desire to keep the idol, but in the end said no. His helpers began to smash it with their mallets and as it broke jewels and treasures began to spill out of it. The people had been keeping all their treasures inside that last, big idol.

After sharing this story, Pastor Dave pointed out that sometimes that last idol in our lives that we’re so hesitant to tear down and allow God to be Lord of all … is the one that holds our treasures. I found this concept to be true in my own life. Most of you have read about my struggle with infertility. It was extremely difficult to come to the place where I was willing to give up my desire for children. It was hard for me to place that on God’s altar and say to Him, “whatever you want Lord.” I believe that part of the reason for that difficulty was that it held my treasures. My desire for children held all my hopes and dreams. It held my plans for the future and my hope for future joys. It held the dream I always had for myself. It was exceedingly painful to let go of all of that.

God rewarded my obedience with peace and contentment in Him. Jesus became my greatest treasure. He became my hopes and dreams and future plans. He was able to come in and fill that place to the brim … even to the point of overflowing!

“Hold everything in your hands lightly; otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”

Corrie Ten Boom
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14 comments:

He & Me + 3 said...

That was awesome! & the quote from Corrie Ten Boom is so true. Thank you for sharing your own experience that relates. You are a beautiful woman of the Lord.

Rachel @ Future Pastor's Wife said...

Thank you for sharing Lauren. What a beautiful, teachable moment from your pastor. :)

3 Blessings said...

Thank you for always sharing your heart my friend.
Blessings,
Amy

crittyjoy said...

I needed this today Lauren. I too am a visual person and what a word picture that story made. I know that I hold my singleness that way. Thank you for this perspective and for sharing it with us today. It spoke so deeply to my heart.

Alicia said...

Love that quote, too! Have you read her book about when she was in the refugee camp? It's soooo good!

What a great testimony you have about Gods peace and perfect will in our lives. There's so much joy when we surrender everything to Him.

Steve said...

God bless you. Thanks for sharing, and hope and pray that all of us can get ahold of this. I need to ask God to open my own eyes, and show me what I need to let go of

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

You just bless my heart sweet Lauren. I am still praying and believing on God's timing.

Love you!

MomE said...

Thanks (again) for something to think about.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

You are speaking straight into my heart.
~ Wendy

Darla said...

LOVE that Corrie ten Boom quote. Great analogy too!

Charlotte said...

Lauren,
Thank you so much for sharing your heart. Your love for the Lord is clearly seen there.

Also, I have always loved Corrie Ten Boom, her words are so precious and true.

Lois Lane II said...

Wow. You are so inspiring, Lauren. =)

Brookie said...

Thank you for sharing, Lauren. What a great story and parallel you've described.

Miss you.

Paul has been accepted to Liberty University in Lynchburg... God's plan for me is not yet known, but there's a chance I'll be Virginia-bound in time.

T. J. Knowlton said...

What wonderful courage I see in these words. Thank you for sharing something so real. Thank you for your faithfulness. It is encouraging to others.