Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. (Proverbs 8:10-11)
The news is filled with reports of how people are going to have to adjust to a “new normal” once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted; doing things differently and valuing protection and a close family circle more than ever. We’ve been forced to restructure and re-evaluate all of the things that we hold dear.
My cousin and I once spent the better part of a week digging a two or three-foot hole around a large stone that we believed was the grave-site of a First Nations chief. The large rock stood overlooking a valley on their farm and, in the minds of two ten-year-old boys, was the perfect marker for a warrior or hero. Our efforts landed us a handful of triangular rocks that might have been arrowheads; or might have been triangular rocks. However, all was not lost; the hours spent seeking treasure were rewarded with rich friendship that was worth more than any archaeological find.
Many times we sell ourselves short for things that we think are important, but find that what we fought for is not worth our efforts. The riches, which are fleeting and are literally here today and gone tomorrow, are not the treasure which the Proverbs encourages us to seek.
Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, said it this way: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heave, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:19-21)
How have you been forced to re-evaluate the treasures of your life? Who are the people and what are the things that you have learned to appreciate during this season of self-isolation and physical distancing? How are you going to act differently once things return to the “new normal?”