Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”…”One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”…These adages played over in my mind today at our local flea market where my husband and I spent the afternoon. We both had the day off and my lesson plans were finished for the week ahead. So after a weekend of binge-watching “American Pickers” on the History Channel, my husband decided it would be a great way for us to spend some time together. {It really was a win-win! Love that man of mine.}

As I strolled through the aisles of  The Depot here in our hometown, I was struck by what some people see as sell-worthy items. Who in the world wants to wear someone’s old, worn out shoes? And what exactly is that amber liquid inside that apothecary bottle? Eww…just, eww! Conversely, I was also surprised to see what some people were willing to part with and sell to the highest bidder. In a small alcove, I found a beautiful, huge stained glass window for sale. I stood in front of it and imagined it’s story, where it had hung for so many years, and all the worshippers it had seen in it’s time. And now, the window hangs in a cold building with a price tag on it.

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-11-14-53-pmThe tobacco baskets were everywhere (I LOVE tobacco baskets!) Why, oh WHY would anyone part with this Southern tradition? And then there’s all of the beautiful furniture that surely could have been handed down to someone in the seller’s family rather than sold at a flea market, right?

We neared the end of our afternoon of picking and flea-marketing, sharing all sorts of ideas of where we could put this sweet little pink tea set or that vintage set of books. Then it hit me: we are beautiful treasures in God’s eyes! Our past may be tainted, we may have some cracks and chips, some yellowed pages, and we may even have some permanent scars. But to our Father, we are a glorious treasure, more precious than anything in the world! We aren’t some flea-market find to Christ. We are the apple of His eye! He knew us and loved us before we were even born! In Psalm 139: 13-15, David writes:

“13| For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14| I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

15| My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place,

when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.”

I’m so very thankful that we are His treasures, His prized possession. There have been SO many times I’ve felt like some of those seemingly worthless items I saw on the flea market shelves. I used to buy the lie that I can’t be used for His glory, that I’m not “good” enough because of poor choices from my past. None of us are “good” enough, actually. That’s where His grace comes in and sweeps over us, giving us wings to soar for His glory! The Cross has set us free and has broken our chains of bondage to our past mistakes.screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-10-38-49-pm

Let’s soar in His love, Sisters, and whip through the air with His song in our hearts. You are His masterpiece, His Princess. May we all live in this light and give this same beautiful grace to others. Soar on, Ladies! Soar on!


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