She brought IT. Oh my. Beth started by reading Luke 2 to us from the Message. You would do well to go and read it right now before reading the rest of this post. THEN she threw down the questions:
What if this happened to be a different kind of Christmas? What’s it really like to truly treasure something? Mary treasured. (Luke 2)
The title of her session was: Rediscovering the lost art of Treasure
syntereo- to hold or treasure up, to guard, keep, to preserve it, keep safe, close. To protect, to preserve of, guard. (I know I missed other meanings to this fabulous word.. cause my mouth was WIDE open in awe)
First light smack upside my head: We are loosing the art of treasuring.
I know, right? We are. Too much of everything we have to share online and via text and the Twitter and etc… (and she did say that she loves them all.. as do I.. but some things are just down right sacred and are to be treasured.. to be only held tightly between you and God.)
Brace yourself for the list:
1. There are treasures out there.
2. They’re not my treasures until they make it past my defenses. (ouch)
- it’s not about the amazement its’ about the treasure..BUT, Mary treasured, preserved, guarded.. oh heavens.
- Treasures are for storing up – it’s never just intellectual, it’s emotional as well. (She went on to talk about BIRGing, which means basking in reflected glory. i.e., sports, groupies, celebrities)
3. Treasures strung together bring healing – Beth took us back to Luke 2:49-52 . Jesus asks his parents why they were looking for him.. he asks them, didn’t you know? “But they did not understand what he was saying to them.” Luke 2:50
- understand is the greek word “suniemi” which in the Greek Lexicon means:
- to put (as it were) the perception with the thing perceived, to set or join together in the mind, i.e. to understand: the man of understanding.
- The comprehending activity of the mind denoted by suniemi entails the assembling of (and then I lost her… you can check Lexical aids for the definition)
- She took us to Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” and reminded us all that we don’t have to have all the puzzle pieces. I just need a few. God has the rest, I just need a few. Beth spoke to sweet Angie Smith , fellow blogger, precious woman of God and author of I Will Carry You and went on to talk about how many of us who learn how to treasure receive healing. You must go read Angie’s story if you don’t know… must. Are you ready for this statement from Beth? Hold on, ready? If we never learn how to treasure then all we are left with is the obvious. Who it the world wants the obvious??? WHO, I ask you?
4. Our treasure gets lost in the same trash as our time. (wowzers)
- It takes time to treasure.
- What does your page look like? Do you have margin?
- One of the purest things this culture takes from us is the art of meditation.
- It takes time to think beyond the obvious.
- Where there is no margin there is no treasure. (I literally could have stopped here and been slayed for days…. but no.. she kept going!!)
5. We’ll miss our most expensive treasure if we look past the hardship and pain.
- If we look forward to the next easy streak, we’ll miss the treasures of the darkness.
- Luke 2:34 – “Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against.”
- If you hold someone close enough to you, take down your guard and tender yourself to them, a sword that strikes them will pierce your own soul too;
- When we hold everyone at arms length, we miss the true treasure.
- Part of your grief is the testament to love.
- Beth shared the story of loosing her father (her relationship with her father was strained and not full of a great many treasures) and she found herself alone with him in the hospital room stroking his hand… not remembering many moments that she did hold his hand. (I lost it… it took me back to loosing my dad so young and not remembering that he told me he loved me very often and then I immediately went to being in the room alone with my late husband after he passed away.. bittersweet treasure moments)
- She took us to 2 Kings 24:13, Luke 2:41-52 as well as to the word sunodia which means caravan, traveling party, journeymen…
6. When you feel like you have lost the treasure, look for Jesus. In Him is hidden all the treasures.
- Jesus has all the puzzle pieces and He has had them all since He was 12.
I still can’t get her message to me out of my head. It’s a season of treasuring around here. Lots of “lasts” going on around me. My last two sweet ones are headed off to college next year and I just completed the first semester of the first one’s freshman year at Auburn. Lots of lasts and lots of firsts and I’m treasuring every moment. Not looking forward, not looking behind, just treasuring.
Tell me… What are you treasuring this Christmas? Are you doing things differently?
I’ll be giving away two Therapon travel packs to 2 lucky commenter types! Cause I am loving me some Theraderm and want to share the love!!! (I purchased them myself and am in no way gaining anything but happiness by giving them away..) I’ll draw randomly Saturday, December 18, 2010 at noon.
So, go ahead.. tell me what you are treasuring!