My first Treasure Hunt was awkward and uncomfortable…and awesome! We met as a group of students to pray for “God clues” to show us ‘who and what’ He wanted to touch through us that day. We ended up at Wal-Mart, looking for people we believed to be ‘treasures’ God wanted to love through us. It felt pretty uncomfortable to me, but I courageously stepped over the ‘chicken’ line. The result of those moments of risk-taking was that our team brought hope to a young man that was God’s treasure, and our timing made a difference for his eternity.
That was two years ago. This past Sunday as I talked with this young man – the treasure – it encouraged me to always take the risk, with God’s hand holding mine when I sense His nudge or ask for His “clue.”
I’m not a risk-taker by nature, and certainly not for someone I don’t know. That’s why it’s important to genuinely know the God I follow and trust Him whole-heartedly. When I’m asked to step out in faith, I’ll say yes because I know the risk is completely covered by His presence.
Another Treasure Hunt found me paired up with a young tattooed woman (we looked as different as night and day!), but her heart beat with the same intensity as mine for God’s treasures. A young man with crutches was who we identified as the ‘treasure’ from our clues list that day. He let us pray right there in the store. “A little better,” he said when we finished. Well, we were faithful, and he seemed encouraged. What if nothing happened? Then again, what if it did? We might never know.
The tattooed lover of Jesus and I, just happened to be close to the exit doors when crutches guy was leaving. Only now he was carrying his crutches in one hand and walking with no limp! It did happen, and we did get to see it.
These intentional times of treasure hunting have created an awareness within me that I’m on assignment for bringing His love in many ways wherever I go. Living at a level of risk becomes our heart’s desire when we begin to see that God wants to use us to bring His love in tangible ways like this. It doesn’t usually get comfortable or less awkward, but we’re created to bring transformation to our world and getting ‘clued in’ to His is the best way to do this.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21
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