I sat back in my reading time with an “Aha!” moment. One line over a year of pondering and searching, and finally “Aha!!”…it all makes sense. I had been seeking for an answer as to why I was having a particularly hard time in healing from the end of a relationship. Being a natural researcher, I had taken time to look up various articles on what I was feeling and I found out that grief does not only come from the loss of a loved one through death, it comes from any kind of loss in your life. The loss of a relationship, the loss of a job, a house. I had gone through all of the appropriate levels of grief, and still found myself with rogue feelings that just would not conform, pack up and move out.
So there I was, over a year later, and finally I read something that clicked deep within me. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
Wow. So few words and yet so profound. I was having such a difficult time because I had placed my treasure (my heart and my hope) in something that was just as flawed as I was. I invested a little (ok, a lot) more of myself than I should have, so the effects of that sudden loss were a bit devastating and hard to understand. I subconsciously put myself “on hold,” trying to figure out what had happened, and in the meantime secretly hoped that it would all just go back to how it was. I was living on the outside, but I had put myself on the shelf on the inside. Finding this one sentence gave me the clarity I needed to see the big picture.
In our day to day lives, we find that those things we have put our sweat, blood and tears in, those things we have worked so hard to obtain, become our “treasures” whether we realize it or not. We invest so much of ourselves into that “thing” that when it is no longer there, we are left wondering what just happened?
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Armed with this information, I was able to see everything in a whole new light. Although my heart was genuine, I had just placed it in the wrong hands.
Is your treasure in the right hands?
Written by Jamie Stapleton