As a young mother, I found myself trying to maintain a home consisting of four girls, a husband, my father-in-law who also lived with us, and about seven species of animals. I struggled to keep it clean and organized. It could get very discouraging. Though the children had chores and grandpa helped too, it seemed there was nothing in my house that wasn’t stained or broken.
As I sat before the Lord one day, I looked around at the stained couch and sighed heavily. Then I came across this scripture:
By wisdom, a house is built, and through understanding, it is established; through knowledge, its rooms are full of rare and beautiful treasures. Prov. 24:3-4
I asked the Lord to grant me this scripture. To fill my house with rare and beautiful treasures, things that weren’t stained or broken. Then I left it in his hands. I had no idea how He would fulfill this promise. It had not entered my mind that He would send me to the world to collect my own rare and beautiful treasures.
As I began to get involved in missions, I had many opportunities to join short-term mission trips. With each trip, I brought home treasures. Now after many years, I look around at the rare beautiful treasures that fill every nook and cranny of my home. Treasures like rocks from the Nile river, shells from the Caribbean Islands, African wood bowls, and Indonesian tapestries.
My most cherished treasures are those that aren’t physical; the memories of seeing people come to Christ, get healed and begin a new life; carefully preserved pictures in photo albums of friends in Africa, China, and Russia . These are the true fulfillment of His Word to me so long ago. Funny thing — now that I am retiring and downsizing, and now there are too many rare and beautiful treasures!
In Ephesians, the Word tells us: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work in us, to Him be the Glory…” Eph. 3:20-21a
God always fulfills His promises beyond our ability to imagine how He is going to do it. If you are leaning on a promise from him, don’t try and figure it out. Wait for it; He will bring it to pass.