One of my favorite shows at the moment is Expedition Unknown. The host, Josh Gates, travels to different places and joins archeological teams as they search for locations of temples, burials, treasures, and more. Occasionally, Gates or his host team will find a small coin or other artifact that may connect to the historical event the episode is focused on. The occasion is rare that they actually find anything substantial. Watching the show reminded me of the following event concerning a treasure:
It’s worth what?!?
Mr. Whetstine bought a “stone” from and amateur rock-hound at an Arizona mineral show for $10.00. The rock turned out to be a sapphire, and not just any sapphire, but the “World’s Largest” sapphire. An appraisal in 1986 valued the stone to be worth as much as $2.28 million (Snopes.com reports that some appraised the stone in the thousands and not millions). The LA Times article about this find is here:
Before we begin disparaging the intelligence of the rock-hound we should stop to consider the opportunities and treasures we let slip though our hands.
And for the record one more:
Matt. 13:44-45 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
What other treasures do we overlook as we rush though our daily lives?