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“…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

                                                      Matthew 6:21

Somehow I missed all the excitement. Back in 2010 an 85-year-old millionaire named Forrest Fenn decided to hide a treasure chest in the Rocky Mountains somewhere between Santa Fe and the Canadian border. Reportedly filled with gold and precious gems, the pursuit of Fenn’s treasure has become an obsessive pursuit for many.

A successful art dealer from Santa Fe, Fenn has left numerous clues, including a poem, to help treasure hunters find the ornate Romanesque box said to weigh about 40 pounds. One searcher lost his life in the wilderness, while others email him daily out of frustration, fishing for further hints. He’s not interested in helping them out.

"No one knows where that treasure chest is but me," Fenn says. "If I die tomorrow, the knowledge of that location goes in the coffin with me."

The treasure God offers us through Christ was never intended to remain hidden or obscure. Anyone who seeks it can find it. God’s greatest treasures are hidden in plain view for all who have eyes to see.

Yet few seem to find it. It strikes me that Jesus’ conversations about the difficulties of entering through the narrow gate to God’s kingdom has little to do with a God who does not make God’s treasure obscure. The narrow way is always the road less taken, the road followed by those who are awake, with eyes to see and ears to hear. Most people prefer the wide road and easy path, the way of the crowd, the comfortable way, the way things have always been.        

God has hidden kingdom treasure in plain view. God wants us to seek, but also to find. Though the journey may be difficult, God provides every clue and erects every necessary guidepost through the wilderness, that we might discover the treasure of abundant life.

Prayer: God, we want short cuts and easy answers. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear your word among us, that we may find you and live. Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you,

Pastor Anna V. Copeland