Treasures in the darkness

Have you ever noticed that some people have a depth that sets them apart from other folks?  For some, it is manifested in a quiet compassion that not only feels the pain of others but especially moves to meet their needs.  For others, it's insight that surpasses prevailing wisdom.  Or it might be a heart that seems to always notice the needs of every situation and matches with a willingness to serve. But always with an attitude that never seeks to be applauded or even noticed.  Confident humility. 

I've studied these folks and found a common denominator.  Each one has known difficulty, brokenness, disappointment, heartache, pain.  Even defeat.  But then survival.  Sustaining endurance.

That's where the depth of character came from.  Isaiah 45:3 says "And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden wealth of secret places, in order that you may know that I am The Lord, the God of Israel".  Treasures aren't found lying around on top of the ground.  They are located deep down, in dark places.  To get to them, one has to go to the depths, to the darkness, through the hard spots. 

Treasures that only come from the darkness.  Wealth that is hidden but shared with those that go into the deep places.  Places immersed in trials or heartaches or pain. 

We don't usually choose to go into life's hard places.  But maybe if we remember they are the only places that these treasures can be found, we won't run away from them when God takes us there.

Treasures in the darkness.  Getting to know that He is The Lord.  Treasure indeed.