The treasure chest
and the treasure
By Matthew Brewer // Guest Blogger
I remember vividly the first time I watched the movie “The Titanic”. I saw it December 19, 1997 at the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington, West Virginia. The historic theater was packed for every show that evening including the midnight show that I attended. The music, the visuals, and the acting, all presented themselves in a way that drew the audience to the place where the Titanic saw the last light of day.
I knew the story, I knew the ending, and yet I still wanted to see it. I wanted to experience all that it had to offer. The outcome would be no different than what I knew. Many people would lose their lives right in front of me on that big screen. It was 3 1/2 hours of great adventure, intrigue, suspense, and sorrow. As I watched real footage of the Titanic I could see how the years had decayed the old ship. It had lost its luster and shine as it had lain submerged in the deep waters for nearly 85 years.
For years, explorers had searched for the Titanic and had spent millions of dollars trying to locate it and retrieve it’s treasure. They did not care that it had been beaten by the cruel forces of nature. They did not care that it was dirty, decaying, and barely recognizable. They were concerned with what was on the inside. They knew the contents of the inside was where the value would be found. The ship itself was just a decaying shell….but on the inside, that’s where the treasure would be found. When the explorers found jewelry boxes and other trunks that had been in the harsh conditions all those years, they didn’t care about the condition of the outside of those boxes, they wanted what was on the inside.
As human beings we all have different casings, and we have all have different shells. Sometimes the painful reality of life has broken us to our very core, however we still remain. Sometimes the storms of life have beaten us down so badly that we can’t see a way out, yet we still remain. You see, it is not the outside…it is not the bruises, the scars, the tattered bodies that define who we are. We are defined by what is on the inside. Everything else is just casing to protect the treasure that lies within each of us. Our hearts, although sometimes broken, define who we really are. Sometimes we can be badly broken, but we still have a heart no matter how many pieces it may be in. The condition of the treasure does not take away from its worth. I could take $100 bill and place it on the street and let cars roll over it all day long. By the end of the day it is hard to say what condition that bill would be in. However, even ripped and torn, I can still spend that $100 bill at any bank or store.
Come. Just as you are. That is the call that Love extends to each of us. Come with your brokenness. Don’t try to fix yourself as you come. Let TRUE LOVE fix you. What a beautiful thought that the the Creator Of All will take us with all our broken parts and smudges because He sees the value of our hearts.
Today, it is my prayer that no matter what the circumstances of life, we can share our hearts and our love with someone everyday. We are all broken in some way, that’s just a fact of life. However, we can grow together each and every day in grace, hope, and love. give Jesus our hearts each and every day. Remember, don’t ever count someone out just because of their casing! We are all beautiful!
Matthew Brewer has been in the Memphis area since 2003, and in that time, he has been no stranger to the wonderful southern cuisine found here in the Mid-South. He graduated from West Liberty State College, received his masters from University of Louisiana at Monroe, and his D.Min from Andersonville Theological Seminary. He is employed by Shelby County Schools as a PLC Coach, pastors Grace Gathering Church, and in his spare time, does marketing for his Wife, Jennifer’s custom Jewelry Company, Jentegrity Jewelry, located in Cordova. He enjoys spending time with his wife, quiet evenings at home, dinners with friends, and lots of family time.
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