How are you doing and how are you making the most of these times?
Though we continue to face a lot of uncertainties, what are some hidden treasures in this time of trouble?
The other day, while walking and reflecting on the hidden treasures in these unpredictable times, I got a front-row view of some treasures.
As I was walking on my usual route, I noticed some adults and children in a yard. The kids sat in a circle and the adults stood around them, all maintaining a physical distance. I slowed down to get a better glimpse, then I heard them singing happy birthday. The birthday girl had a cupcake with a candle. Seeing them made me smile.
A little further down the path, I came upon another group. Two families with young children sitting on blankets on the grass, each maintaining a physical distance. Some kids were painting, and others were drawing. These families are making the most of this time, even if it was celebrating in small ways.
Friend, there are hidden treasures in troubling times.
King Cyrus of Persia was a pagan, whom God used to liberate Israel from oppression by the Babylonians. Because of his obedience, God promised to give Cyrus the rich treasures of Babylon, stored in secret places.
God is Sovereign and can bring hope to a hopeless situation by choosing an unlikely person as his messenger.
Like Cyrus, we too can have access to the rich treasures hidden in these challenging times if we are open to receiving them.
Each day, during my walk, I ponder on the treasures of this season. Let me share a few of the treasures I discovered with you.
- Time for reflection and writing: During my reflection, I ask soul-searching questions like:
- I ask questions like:
- How do I feel about this disruptive season?
- What lessons can I learn from it, and how can I use it to get better?
- What do I need to take off my plate to help me live a more fulfilling life?
- Learning to Slow down to connect with myself, my emotions, and feelings. I invite God into my inner world and ask him to help heal any painful areas. I received so many valuable insights.
- Cultivating silence: Our world is noisy with constant chatter and busyness. This time allowed me to enjoy being with myself and cherish my time alone.
- Self-care and enjoying nature: Early in the morning, I sit outside and hear the birds sing and call out to each other. I have lived in this neighborhood for a long time, but I don’t recall hearing so many birds singing.
- Virtual connection with others: Though I couldn’t attend church physically, I started taking part in online services and women’s bible study. It is a treat to connect with the ladies each week. I am thankful for Zoom and other technology that allows us to connect virtually.
- Family: I am thankful for deep meaningful conversations with my husband. We had planned some family celebrations for May, but because of the pandemic, we scaled back. Since our children are adults, it is a treat to see them when they come home. I am grateful for my family, and our times of fun, laughter, and mini celebrations.
The best treasures I have uncovered during these times are simplicity, contentment, gratitude, joy, an abiding relationship with God, and his deep personal care.
Making time to seek the hidden treasures in this season has been rewarding and I am better for it. These riches surpass all earthly wealth—silver, gold, or diamonds. God specializes in helping us uncover hidden treasures in hard times.
What treasures have you discovered during this period of uncertainty? Share in the comments below.