What picture do those words evoke in your mind? A pirate chest filled with gold? A secret map? Indiana Jones? Captain Jack Sparrow? The curse of King Tut’s tomb?
Hidden treasure is the stuff of great stories, from classics like Treasure Island or The Count of Monte Cristo, to modern tales like National Treasure, Sahara (the Dirk Pitt version) , and Pirates of the Caribbean.
But treasure isn’t just for pirates and fictional heroes.
These days people search for—and find—buried treasure quite frequently. Most of these finds are written up in archaeology journals, and involve such unromantic, unshiny items as potsherds and scraps of papyri. But every now and then treasure is found outside some archaeological dig.
Sometimes these finds are pure accident, such as the man in Turkey who knocked down a wall in his house and discovered an entire network of underground dwellings.
Other times treasure hunters search long and hard, using modern technology rather than ancient maps. And every now and then they find more than a single coin or arrowhead, like this hoard of Viking items found in Scotland. (See more photos here.)
Cool stuff. Almost makes me want to go search myself, although I doubt I’ll find any Viking hoards or pre-Roman ruins in Lancaster county. *Sigh*
A different kind of hidden treasure
As Christians we are told to search for wisdom as if we were hoping to find hidden treasure. (Proverbs 2:4)
I think, just like with real treasure, we sometimes stumble upon God’s wisdom by accident, and the question is—do we recognize its value or pass it by as a worthless piece of broken pottery?
Other times we search diligently before finding the “treasure” of God’s wisdom. The good news is that, unlike earthly treasure which might not be there at all, God promises that all who seek his wisdom will find it.
So, what treasure have you unearthed lately?
Maybe you can find a hidden gem in one of the other blogs in the A to Z blog hop below. (If you are reading this via email, you might have to visit my site to see the blog hop links)