When I was a kid, one of the local radio stations in my hometown had a contest with a prize of $1000 (I think – I was a kid and have slept a few times since then, so some of the details of my story might be inaccurate). I think the contest was to find a pumpkin hidden somewhere in town. And it wasn’t necessarily a literal pumpkin, it could be the image of a pumpkin. The radio station would give out very vague clues every now and then and sometimes I would see small gatherings of people searching around some public place looking for the pumpkin. It was fun to watch, even as a kid, but I didn’t really actively look for it. I didn’t pay attention to the clues. I wish I had.
As it turns out, the pumpkin was a pumpkin magnet, and it was placed on the back of a street sign right where my bus stopped each day after school! I walked past $1000 at least a dozen times or more and was clueless!
My point in telling this story is that I was comparing this memory to Salvation recently. Salvation is sort of hidden away, although it’s a lot easier to find than a pumpkin magnet. The clues are more obvious, and numerous, but we still have to actively search for it in the sense that God won’t just jump down off a street sign and hand it to us. So many people ignore the multitude of signs that God is real, and that blows my mind. I guess they’re too busy going from point A to point B to think about the really important point. Just like little me rushing home from school, they’re ignoring the clues and missing the Treasure. Thank you for reading my 98th blog.