There’s Treasure Everywhere!

One of the simple delights of my life is kicking back on my couch and reading the old comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes.  Many of you will remember the strip, but for those of you who don’t, it chronicles the adventures of a six-year-old boy with an over-active imagination and his stuffed tiger, who just happens to be his best friend in the whole world.

Calvin and Hobbes was published in newspapers for years, but these days we enjoy it via books in which the strip has been collected.  One of the books is titled, “There’s Treasure Everywhere!”  One of the endearing qualities of the strip is that Calvin and Hobbes do not spend a whole lot of time inside playing video games or watching tv.  Rather, they’re outside, making up games, exploring, masterfully crafting snowmen, and digging for buried treasure.  Because of their perspective, they see treasure in normal, everyday things that we give no thought to; things like worms or perhaps, a tin can.

My point in bringing this up is to remind us that there is treasure everywhere for us as well; treasure in the form of God’s glory in the normal, everyday things.  We need to learn to see God in things like an ant hill or our eyebrows.  Let’s learn from children, who still stand amazed at the things we take for granted.  Next time there’s an ant hill in your yard, instead of automatically kicking it over (guilty!) or running for the ant-killer, take some time to watch the ants closely in order to see God there.  I don’t mean that if you look hard enough you’ll see the face of God in an ant hill!  I’m referring to observations like the fact that you never see an ant resting; they’re always working.  I have never seen an ant standing still that wasn’t dead.  What kind of parallel can you draw from this that will point you to God?  For one, God is always working on behalf of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).  He never steps away from His merciful kindness toward us so that he can head over to Sonic during happy hour to pick up a Route 44 Dr. Pepper.  Because of Jesus, God is pouring out grace on us 24/7.  While we’re sleeping He’s giving grace.  While we’re not thinking about Him, He’s thinking about us and giving grace for His glory.

Okay, now you try.  Take eyebrows as a practice run and find a God-parallel in them.  Ask yourself, why do I have these things on my face that look like two big caterpillars sleeping above my eyes?  This is another way to set our minds on things above where Christ is (Colossians 3:1), and when we think about Him more, we will desire Him more, and when we desire Him more, we’ll worship Him more!


About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

One response to “There’s Treasure Everywhere!

  • Ken Basinger

    Brent this is a great exercise for believers. Look and think about how many analogies the Lord makes about the gospel and Himself that we see and experience everyday in His creation. Why do we get hungry or thirsty? Could He have made us differently? Yet we need these things. The sun, moon, stars, and ants are all surrounding us with the echo of God’s resounding opus of His glorious gospel. If we can stop and think and wonder. I once read that Jonathan Edwards would study nature in this way, now I am beginning to see the value in it! Thanks for the good encouragement. Ken

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