‘When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”’ (Luke 18:22)
She held a huge sifter in her hands. Her tiny body braced against the current as she bent down low, using her giant sifter she scooped the dirt from the ocean floor. She bent down to Paxton’s level. “See, sometimes I find shells, shark teeth, or all sorts of other treasures in here,” she explained.
I squatted down next to him. His eyes large with wonder. “You can pick the best shell out of the bunch if you’d like,” she said generously. His hands gleefully reached for the largest one. That huge sifter reminded me of my priorities, and how the word, “no” can so often unearth a trove of buried treasure.
Recently, I’ve been sifting through my heart. Trying to let the dirt settle through the sifter, and capturing only the treasures. Putting my phone down, to capture the heart of my child. Saying no to the excess, to find the special jewels. Saying, “yes” to the adventure of shark teeth, and no to other opportunities.
Sometimes we forget, selectivity is treasure. Passing up opportunities and letting them sift through can lead to better more beautiful finds. Shut doors are actually opportunities to pass up dirt and find purpose. Being generous with our money leaves us richer still and finally, the pursuit of holiness and God is the greatest exploit of them all. For, so many of us get distracted by the noisy dirt, or the sifting process, and leave without the shells. Sift, sift, sift my friend, for sometimes the GREATEST treasures come from letting go.