I began to weep. It seemed silly, but it was so beautiful. Then the Lord spoke to me…
We damaged our hardwood floors when we moved into our 10 year old house. We were trying to protect them by using thick packing paper and blue painter’s tape to secure it down. A week later when we removed the paper, the tape pulled up the polyurethane finish off the hardwood leaving ugly dull stripes throughout our family room, kitchen and hallways. The finish had aged and therefore easily lifted off the floor. We already had patches of faded color on the high traffic areas and the over-all appearance of the floor was becoming dull and worn. It was obviously time to refinish the floors.
Knowing the process would majorly disrupt our main living area and kitchen for several weeks, we also chose to replace/repair windows that needed to be re-sealed. They were not only allowing hot and cold air to flow inside during the wrong seasons, we had an annual influx of hundreds of lady bugs seeking shelter during the winter months. Unsealed doors allowed other unwanted menacing insects, including scorpions, to enter the house unchallenged while shifting and settling caused the wood to warp and rot the trim around several windows and door frames. Because the work was necessary, it seemed logical to fix some other issues in the kitchen at the same time. A few weeks of “pain” would lend years of relief from constant problems.
The process of restoration created lots of dust and dirt as things were torn out and re-built. The “destruction” phase of reconstruction was messy and living in the house while it was taking place was challenging. As the work crews created more dust, we were cleaning daily. It took several weeks to finish the list of projects. Finally, the restoration stage began when cabinet repairs were completed and the granite countertops were installed. In the U.S., one of the typical kitchen countertop surfaces is granite, which is a hard natural stone harvested from within certain mountains all over the world. It wasn’t the first time I had granite countertops. However, this time I was deeply touched at the amazing beauty of the stone, when the men brought it into the kitchen and laid it upon our island cabinet. It looked like a stunning piece of artwork resting on my cabinets.
My eyes welled with tears, but not because of “owning” something of the world. It wasn’t pride that swelled in my heart but oddly, it was humility. I love the mountains and we had moved into our mountain home six months ago. I have also grown to love hiking in the mountains because being in creation has always caused me to feel closer to God. After all, He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth. The beauty of creation has often overwhelmed me when I have looked at God’s handiworks. Staring and the beautiful slab of granite on my countertop I felt surprised at how it affected me, and I immediately felt the Lord was speaking to me. What I sensed the Lord was communicating to me was amazing. He said, “You love the mountains and their beauty. I not only made the mountains and all of creation, I hid treasures within the mountains that cannot be seen without searching for them. This piece of granite I created and designed, and I hid it in the mountains to see if someone would search for the treasure within. You now have a piece of a mountain which I designed in your home. It is My artwork!”
“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” Colossians 1:16 KJV.
It was an astounding statement. I began to think of all the beautiful treasures God had created that are not seen nor easily accessible. Pearls hidden in the ocean, in the shell of an oyster. Gold, silver, copper and diamonds/gemstones are hidden in the mountains and/or streams. Oil is concealed within the deserts and ocean floors while exquisite formations of limestone can be found in caves. Geodes containing beautiful crystals come from sedimentary and limestone rocks. Mountains, which were decorated internally with amazing colors and designs, contain granite, quartz and marble stones. The earth is full of hidden treasures which no one would see if someone had not sacrificed to obtain them. In some cases, it cost them their own lives.
The Hubble telescope has photographed incredible images of God’s artwork in the heavens. Colors, shapes, and spheres were strategically placed in a divine order and commanded to dance and twirl around each other in a heavenly rhythm man had never seen before. The heavens were not simply created to sustain life on earth, they are a heavenly art gallery in the sky! The beauty of galaxies millions of light years from earth display the exquisiteness and wonder of our Creator’s “paint brush”.
The Lord spoke to me again saying, “Man has been willing to give everything, even his own life, in pursuit of earthly treasures, but they are nothing compared to the treasures I have hidden in My Holy mountain! I have hidden them, because I require that they be the reward for those who seek Me with their whole heart. They are for those who will not hold back anything from their pursuit of Me.” Several scriptures from the Bible came to my remembrance.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid, and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls. “who when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:44-46 NKJV.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 25:2 NKJV.
The beauty of creation is a reflection of the Glory of God, its Creator. We have not begun to tap into the riches, beauty and glory of God. “The heavens are telling the glory of God, And the expanse [of heaven] is declaring the work of His hands. Day unto day pours forth speech, And night after night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there [spoken] words [from the stars]; Their voice is not heard. Yet their voice [in quiet evidence] has gone out through all the earth, Their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4a AMPV.
This is the God Who took a handful of dust to form man and then blew His breath inside of him. This is the God Who took a piece of clay, spit upon it and formed eyes for a blind man. This is the God Who spoke “Let there be light” and the galaxies were shaped instantaneously and will continue to reproduce for all eternity. This is the God Who created a kaleidoscope of colors, patterns, spaces and shapes which excite, ignite and stimulate the eyes of those who behold them. This is the God Who turned the most grotesque death one could experience into the most beautiful example of love ever known to mankind. All this and much more He did for you and me.
All of creation screams, “There is nothing too difficult for God!” It begs us to draw nigh and give our full attention to its proclamation. It affirms the Love of God, the Power of God and the Faithfulness of God. Each piece is a revelation of a portion of the Glory of God and beckons us to search intently for more, but the greatest realms of Glory lie in the revelations of the Spirit of God.
The Holy Spirit knew my love of creation and took my revelation of God’s creativity to a whole new level. Although I knew God had created all things and many of his creations were highly valued, I did not see them as His artwork nor the mystery of “hiding” them in the earth. Who would create such incredible things and then hide them from view? The One Who loves the intrigue of searching for those things that are not evident. The heart of the explorer that is not satisfied with knowing only things that are seen, but desires to discover that which no one else has seen or experienced. That same determination caused Columbus to find the New World. It caused the pioneers to endure extreme hardship and also the loss of life to find the New Territories yet undiscovered. It caused the scientists, mathematicians and engineers to work together and build a rocket that would shoot a man into outer space and land him on the moon.
If we apply that same spirit of searching and exploring the natural realm to the spiritual realms of Almighty God, how much more would we find when we search for the Lord with all our hearts? I am not talking about re-writing the Bible or receiving revelation that cannot be confirmed by Biblical text. I am talking about seeking the Lord and experiencing Him unveil to us more revelation of Who He is. There are layers upon layers of Truths which are imbedded in His Word which we have never seen before. In some cases we did not pause to meditate on them. We read quickly and skimmed over truth without taking the time to study it. There are applications in His Word which could enrich our understanding of Him in greater and greater ways drawing us closer to Him. If we sought to know Him intently the rest of our lives, we would never come to an end of the wonder and awe of Who He is.
Some of the greatest secrets of God are hidden within the mountain of the Lord. His invitation extends to all who hunger and thirst for Him. No one will be denied if they seek Him with their whole heart. Jesus challenged His disciples to “Seek Me while I may be found.” Now, more than ever before, it is imperative we allow the Lord to search our hearts, teach us His ways, and enter into the greater realms of His Glory (Presence). He has hidden His treasures for us to find.
Now is the perfect time to discover God’s hidden treasure.