Buried Treasure

“Hand me the level, Pauline.”

We’d been installing eight foot posts around our pasture to keep animals in and predators out. “Looks good, Tom. How about we finish the posts loaded on the tractor and call it a day.”

After Tom pummeled the ground with a gigantic auger attached to our orange tractor, he had to use a manual post hole digger to position each pole. Trouble began when the ground became uncooperative.

Clink. Clink. Clink.

“That doesn’t sound like dirt,” Tom looked up and winked. “I hope it’s not a dead body.”

“Too much NCIS,” I added.

After a lot of digging we pulled out pieces of glass and metal and rags buried deep under the ground.

I wondered about the people who put the stuff there. Old car parts, colored glass, a few bottles. They may have been treasures to them. Now their posessions lay buried beneath layers of red clay.

My mind went back to the day I moved my father to a nursing home after living in my home for six years. I was so sad and nervous. At the last minute before the handicapped van came to carry us away I remembered I needed to pack his things.

I carried all that he needed in one arm.


One day it will all be buried, just like us.

It makes me want to invest my time here on earth.

Because death isn’t all there is. There is eternity and it could come at any time.

Something Jesus said comes to mind:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:14-15

I don’t want to waste my life, my desire is to invest it in something that lasts.


What about you? How are you investing your time and money? Will it rust and decay? Change your heavenly portfolio today.


4 Comments on "Buried Treasure"

  1. Diane gordon says:

    Sea glass fetches a good price,don’t know about pasture glass but maybe you could start a trend.
    Miss you friend,

  2. Melinda says:

    So true. I’ve been thinking along the lines of making the rest of my life count. Still working on that.

    Love you.

  3. phylton says:

    Hey Diane, why don’t you come and dig up glass with me???

    Melinda, you are such an encouragement to me… and I think it must be a trend for women who have raised their kids, invested a lot of time in their families. I guess we need to be asking the Lord what we should be doing. (Instead of playing too much solitaire–at least for me…:/)

  4. Linda says:

    Still trying to invest in my children/my family, now my grandchildren, encourage the Believers here and abroad, study and teach the truths of scripture, invest in the lives of those around me of all colors and backgrounds …. constantly try to understand how to be used by Him in the lives of those around me. I think it looks different in every stage of life, don’t you?

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