Thursday, May 29, 2014

Emerald Mining

The emerald is May’s birthstone. It is considered a symbol of rebirth and is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. While in North Carolina last week, we visited a mine and tried our hand at emerald mining. We had three options and tried them all. 
  • Digging with a shovel for whatever we could find
  • Purchasing and sluicing a prefilled bucket of dirt and gems
  • Screening in the creek
Digging with a shovel with no direction as to where to look or what to look for was disconcerting. The only thing intriguing about this experience was the snake my husband found. 
Sluicing through the dirt in prefilled buckets was a guarantee to find emeralds, but there was no feeling of satisfaction.

Screening in the creek was my favorite. Moving rocks and filtering small shovels of sand through a screen gave the thrill of discovering something of value from my own effort.

I find the same thrill of discovery spending time in God’s Word. It gives me direction so I don’t enter each day helpless to the snakes crossing my path. Though prefilled with treasures, it is only in the moving of rocks that I find the time to filter small shovels of Scripture each day and discover its treasure. 

I pray you will move whatever rocks that might keep you from opening God’s Word. Filter through at least small shovels of Scripture each day. Treasures are waiting to fill your spiritual jewelry box. 

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