(11 of 11 in a series)
Hanging on my office wall is an advertisement torn from a geophysical magazine several years ago. The page size print shows a little girl at the beach holding tightly to her brother’s foot as he digs deep in the sand looking for buried treasure. The picture of determination on the little girl’s face is priceless. The caption reads, “If it’s there, we’ll find it.”
The reason this photo has followed me from office to office, job to job is because it captures, in visual form, the essence of the job of a geophysicist. We use our training, skills, and keen eye for observation to look for buried treasure. The “buried treasure” that geophysicists seek can take many forms: oil, natural gas, water, minerals, fault lines in the earth and much more. The thrill of discovery when our efforts find success is a powerful motivator for the working geophysicist.
A similar thrill of discovery is available to us in the spiritual world as well. It is a discovery that has been made all over the world, throughout all cultures, by people of every race, for almost 2000 years. Even by Mrs. Burgess.
When my wife, Rhonda, was a child, Mrs. Burgess was her next door neighbor. Their two houses shared a driveway that forked and went to their respective homes. Mrs. Burgess was always complaining about cars in the driveway and various assorted neighborhood challenges. In short, Mrs. Burgess was a grump.
During her college years, Rhonda went to visit Mrs. Burgess at her retirement home in Northern Indiana. When Mrs. Burgess recognized her guest she spoke warmly of Rhonda’s family being her neighbor and thanked Rhonda for her kindness as a child. Rhonda had to double check the nameplate as this was not the Mrs. Burgess she had grown up with. To paraphrase her elderly friend, Mrs. Burgess told Rhonda that she had become a believer in Jesus Christ. She had accepted his offer of forgiveness and had a completely new outlook on life. She now lived for others. Her life had been transformed. She had experienced the truth that sets us free.
In our era of celebrity, we get caught up in the comings and goings, thoughts and opinions of the rich and famous. It drives our news and social media. Mrs. Burgess’ story reminds us that in the quiet background, far from the media frontlines, thousands of people every day are experiencing the power of a changed life; experiencing the truth that sets us free. This freedom, this transformation, this new life in Christ is available to all people, in all places, and for all time. And most of all, it is being offered to you right now. Won’t you join us?