Monday, 4 February 2013

Hidden Treasure


  Often times on this earth we become discouraged by suffering and confusion, wandering like a lost traveller. But simply saying we can merit by suffering sometimes seems to get a bit boring, so read on to discover an interesting comparison.


  Jesus said it Himself in Matthew 6:19-20 "Lay not up to yourselves treasure on earth where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up to yourselves treasure in heaven..." In this passage Our Lord is telling us that all that we do for the world is useless, but when we apply our actions to merit us glory in heaven, that is when we discover treasure.

  Let us consider our souls to be a little house. In the beginning the house is very plain, with a few pieces of furniture here and there, but nothing really special. If we go off and neglect our house, it becomes dusty, weather worn, and will crumble. Yet what if we did everything to make our house beautiful? We use all our opportunities to furnish and make our little houses beautiful, then we will find happiness and peace! But wait... then comes along a great carpenter. Let us then imagine it as C.S. Lewis puts it, "But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself."

  And so this is how we can look upon our souls when life gets hard. The harder it gets and the more we persevere and offer it up, the more beautiful our palaces become. How much more beautiful can we make ours, especially in these confusing times. So look up to the Lord, fearlessly asking Him to transform your house, and wait for the glorious moment of seeing what He has created.