>Book of Treasures


Last night my dad called me to his bedroom where he was reading, preparing to retire for the night. He held a book, Great Expectations, which he had chosen from the bookshelf.

Upon opening the old red cover, instead of pages, we saw a plastic cover. Under the cover were compartments full of fine jewelry; gold with diamonds and rubies.

Two years ago we bought this house from an elderly lady who had Alzheimer’s and had moved to a nursing home. She has now passed away. Obviously she had carefully hidden away her best jewelry to ensure no one would find it and, given her mental state, had forgotten where she hid her treasure. For some reason, when we bought the house, the book cases were left full of books, most of which I took to the Goodwill. This book could have easily been thrown out.

I know another book that holds great value and is often discarded and forgotten about. Dust accumulates on the cover and the wisdom never learned. Much of the world is not even aware of the treasure carefully recorded on each thin page.

Yet many of us are do know the eternal promises and commands written inside and we still fail to study its life changing pages.

After we found this book, I begin to wonder if the lady had hidden treasures in other place and I began to search the dark spaces under cabinet drawers and in the attic. Isn’t that so like us? We will search everywhere to find worth, wealth and identify when all we need is written in the Book of Life.

I plan to take the jewelry to someone who can tell me its worth. The other book is priceless


About shandaoakley

I am a MK and have lived most of my life in Thirld World Countries. This greatly influences how I think, speak and write. I love my husband of 25 years and my three kids, ages 18, 21 and 21. We recently moved to Southern California and have set up life back in the US. I love my home, friends, animals, teaching and mostly Jesus! I believe life is a choice so I choose joy!
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3 Responses to >Book of Treasures

  1. >Wow, this is incredibly written, Shanda! I am beaming…great, great job friend! What a wonderful story and a poignant reminder of what really matters most of all. Keep writing!

  2. ~Ren~ says:

    >Do you know how to contact any of her family members?

  3. Shanda says:

    >Ren, no I don't. I heard they never visited nor paid her any attention; treated her pretty bad. Then they just put her in a nursing home all the sudden. I went over to ask my neighbour about it and she said the lady had died and she doesn't know where the family is.

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