Did you hear of the woman in London who found a dazzling ring at a flea market for $13? She enjoyed it immensely, wearing it almost every day for 30 years thinking it was a fun piece of costume jewelry… a cubic zirconia. Imagine her surprise and joy when she discovered it is a 26 carat antique white diamond!
Wouldn’t you love to make a discovery like this from a flea market or attic find? Oh, I wish!!
Perhaps there are more important discoveries to be made.
“There are no endings… only discoveries.”
Sam Peek (Hugh Cronyn) spoke these words to his teenage grandson after the death of his beloved wife, Cora (Jessica Tandy) in the film To Dance with the White Dog. Tom and I watched this last week, and I cried buckets.
I have to think about this… Sam had lost his beloved wife of 50 years, and he could say these words. Really? Of course, this is a movie… or is there a truth to learn?
Surely there are endings… to summer, to winter, a school year. You receive a termination slip at work. You read the last chapter in your book. You play a game, and win or lose… it’s over. A marriage crumbles. A life breathes its last.
Endings? … or a path to a discovery…
When I learn something for the first time, or ‘see’ a truth not known before, then I have made a discovery. How deeply important this can be at an ‘ending’. Does each day have an ending or is it a chance for discovery?
“The Lord’s compassions, indeed, never fail; they are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.” Lamentations 3: 22,23
What calendar event, what physical or emotional heartbreak, what circumstance in life deemed as an ending is an opportunity for discovery. I would suggest all of them are. This phrase, “there are no endings, only discoveries”, has filtered through the channels of my thoughts for days.
Finally, I understand… because if there is no discovery, then there truly is an ending.
It is my responsibility to discover something I have never known or seen before. What discoveries are there to be found in the ‘ending’ of my expectations, my wishes; my hopes? What do I learn about me, about life, about God? What is my purpose because of this happening?
Oh… I want to discover a diamond… I’m not sure I know how to succeed at mining for these jewels, but I so want to try, to discover what I’ve never known before.
“You will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me as a vital necessity… in this experience (italics my words) and find (discover) Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 Amplified Bible
The calendar year 2021, has been replaced by a new opportunity, 2022. Will you join me in seeking something new, in learning new words, ways and wisdom… discovering the diamonds in the Now.
“If you will receive my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to skillful and godly wisdom and directing your heart and mind to understanding, applying all your powers to the quest for it. Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding. If you seek wisdom as for silver and search for skillful and godly wisdom as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of our God. Proverbs 2:1-5 Amplified
… living in discovery…