Storing Up Treasure

Sullivan’s Island, SC

Treasure has been on my mind a lot lately.

First, I finally read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Then a few days later I read I Chronicles 28-29 and Matthew 6:19-21.

If you’ve read The Alchemist Matthew 6:21 is at the core of the story:

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

Third, I just returned from a family trip to Charleston, South Carolina where I was lovingly reminded of when Jesus sent me a dolphin the year prior.

Haha I know, that probably sounds strange but here’s how it happened:

After Josh and I got married in Asheville, North Carolina we drove down to Charleston for our honeymoon. It was an absolute blast and I can totally see us returning frequently (hence the trip this summer).

Josh and I ate a lot, saw a lot, and went to the beach every day at sunrise and sunset.

And each time I hoped to see a dolphin.

To me, seeing a dolphin in the ocean is like stumbling across a patch of beautiful wildflowers in a valley or an especially impressive saguaro in the desert or a sunset over the mountains.

It was our last morning in Charleston and we had gotten up early to watch the sunrise. After we had been sitting for a little while, I left our spot on the soft, white sand to walk closer to the water and pray.

I was filled with so much joy and happiness and I remember praying, thanking Jesus for loving me this much, for my new husband, and for the gift of our marriage.

And then, in the middle of my prayer, I felt a nudge:

“Look up!”

And I did.

Right at the moment a dolphin came up, maybe 15 feet out directly in front of where I was standing. And I didn’t just see the dolphin’s fin. No I saw the entire dolphin. And then–

a whole pod of them!! And they were SO close. A local walked by and with disbelief on her face and in her voice she said to me, “Wow, I haven’t seen them come this close to shore in a long time.”

As if my heart could possibly be filled with any more joy!

And I knew, I just knew that this was a gift from Jesus. Jesus sent me this loving, thoughtful, and yes even romantic gift.

(If you’ve read Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge you know what I’m talking about!)

Jesus knew how badly I hoped to see a dolphin and he sent me the perfect, most idyllic view of one as it came up out of the water with the sun rising over the horizon and then he surprised me with a pod of them!

I was in awe. And I understood what John and Stasi talked about in Captivating. I understand now what Jesus meant in his Sermon on the Mount about storing up treasure in heaven.

A year later, standing on the exact same beach, I was reminded again of this treasured memory and I find endless peace and comfort in that his love never fails and it never changes. That I know in my heart of hearts is the Truth.

And Truth is treasure.

God’s Truth

God’s Love

His grace

His mercy

Our salvation, our redemption in Jesus Christ

These are the true treasures.

And reminders of this, like dolphins on my honeymoon, are the treasures I’m storing up in my heart.

What treasures are you storing up in your heart?

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