THE JOY OF DISCOVERY

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell His disciples” (Matthew 28:8).

Each of the following verses has a common denominator: it describes being surprised by the Joy of discovering the perfect treasure—Jesus Christ.

  • A man discovered a hidden treasure: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.  When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought the field.” (Matthew 13:44).
  • Mary Magdalene and the other Mary discovered an empty tomb: “So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell His disciples” (Matthew 28:8).
  • From his mother’s womb, John the Baptist discovered the Messiah:  As soon as the sound of Mary’s greeting reached Elizabeth’s ears, the baby in her womb leaped for joy (Luke 1:44).
  • The shepherds were startled as they discovered the good news:  “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people’” (Luke 2:10).
  • The little children discovered truths: “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.  Yes, Father, for this was Your good pleasure’” (Luke 10:21).
  • The disciples discovered and worshiped the resurrected Lord:  “While He was blessing them, He left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (Luke 24:51-52). 

If we keep our focus on Christ, we’ll see Him transfigured before us.  We will find Him in the midst of every circumstance—underneath the surface, just waiting to be discovered.

–Adapted from “Living Beyond Yourself,” Beth Moore, p. 73.

Discovering daily how real life can be

When I’m living in Christ and He’s living in me.

Discovering daily a song in my heart

With anticipation for each day to start.—Bonnie Hain