Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Treasure Within

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. - Matthew 13:44
Meister Eckhart said that each person has a vintage wine cellar but they seldom drink from it.
The kingdom of God is here. Now. We are not always aware of it. We often walk around clueless, unaware of God’s presence in our everyday lives.
Then grace happens. Something wakes us up. And we are suddenly aware of the treasure hidden within. The pearl of great price.
When I went to Mass this morning, I was upset that I had not yet written the gospel reflection for today. I was tired and grouchy and not feeling very inspired.
After communion, our youth choir sang Our God Is An Awesome God. They built up to a loud chorus and then started singing a cappella. Slowly the song grew quieter and became more of a prayer of praise.
I started singing with them, praising God for all His goodness. And the next thing I knew, tears were running down my cheeks.
Sigh. Our God is an awesome God and He is here with me now. I need to go and sell what I have, let go of my wants and my to-do lists and my “should-haves” and focus on what God is calling me to do at the moment.
I need to let go of all that is not God so I can focus on the treasure within.
I need to get out of God's way.
Grace. Free gift. We don’t earn it and we don’t deserve it. And when we least expect it, we find it. That pearl of great price. That treasure buried in the field. 
That vintage wine.
Dear Lord, thank you for the graces you rain down on me everyday. Help me to live in the moment and let go of all that is not from you and to be more aware of the treasure within me. Amen.


mary333 said...

What a beautiful experience of God's grace in the present moment Colleen! He can turn our day around in an instant if we let Him :)

I hope you are feeling better and no longer under the weather. Under the weather is a fitting expression for RA, isn't it? I know that when I was ill I hated weather changes because they made me feel sicker. My cousin has RA and the weather makes a difference in her pain and energy levels.

God bless you, Colleen!

Karinann said...

I love that song. I like Master Eckhart's analogy of the wine cellar. We definitely need to drink from God's vintage more often than we do.Letting go of our wants and agendas is never easy, but worth it when we do. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. Hugs & Blessings.

Colleen said...

Mary, thank you for your comment and concern! Yes, the weather makes a difference. Right now we are having hot and humid weather and I really feel puffy and achy and wiped out.
I am feeling better as far as what I had earlier this week - a sore throat, maybe a virus? Not sure. Of course, with RA, my immune system is wacky so I get whatever comes my way. God bless you!

Karinann, thank you! You are so right - letting go is not easy. Hugs and blessings!

Jade said...

Colleen, you've really moved me with your words as I had been experiencing a similar grumpiness/stress and found inspiration and relief in this post. Becoming more fully aware of God in our lives is a life-long practice and is so beautiful to Him, I believe.

I like to keep in mind the verse, "Finally, whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." What could be truer than God? And more false than things that didn't even happen yet.

May God bless you today. :)

Jean Wise said...

Never heard this quote before from Eckhart and really like it. What a neat image. Thanks for sharing it and your thoughts. Inspirational!

Colleen said...

Jade, thanks for sharing that with us. Glad my post was timely for you! God is good!

Jean, thank you so much. I just stumbled upon that quote and it fit so perfectly. God bless!