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Death Valley Gold Mine

This picture illustrates a divine truth found in Chapter 14 of my inspirational book, THE GREATEST MOMENT.

The painting is word picture about Death Valley, which is my lead-in to the chapter about hidden treasure in the Cross. Like undiscovered gold, ‘life” can be found in the most unexpected places. We normally associate Death Valley with death and loss. We often do the same with Calvary, but there are living treasures to be discovered there. Life is one of them. Aspects of life are hidden in the barrenness of Death Valley. Something similar can be said for the Cross.

As for the painting, my second, I’m learning how to blend warm and cool colors to create depth. Notice the shovel stuck into the ground, next to the pick. And no, those are not watermelons, they’re barrel cactus.

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Finding the Fullness of God

Read Ephesians 3:3–5; 14–20.

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:14–19 NKJV).

Dad and MeMy father, Raymond Harrel, enjoyed life because no matter where he traveled, he always envisioned some hidden treasure to find. He didn’t care if he stumbled across an old bottle, a strand of barbed wire, an ancient fossil, a curious-looking rock, or a gold nugget. They were all treasures to him. Searching out the unexpected, the unplanned, the unaccounted, and the undisclosed gave meaning to his life. My father never stopped searching for the unsearchable, and I’m told that a few days before he died, he found the greatest treasure of all—Jesus Christ—the fullness of God.         Picture shows Dad and me

There are many reasons people consider something as unsearchable. Many conclude that unsearchable means unattainable—so they never try. Some believe certain things are rarities—so they underestimate their chances of finding them. Others think the demand is too great, the location too vast, or the equipment too limited—so they quit. Whatever the reasons, don’t let their rationale stop you, or you might miss a rare find or opportunity.

Apostle Paul did not let any reason hinder his search, nor should you. If you are looking for the unsearchable riches of Christ, then keep probing, studying God’s Word. And when you pray, listen for the Spirit’s reply. All the fullness of God awaits . . . and it will not disappoint. In fact, the possibilities are endless in Christ. Paul was never the same after God revealed the riches of Christ in him (see Galatians 1:16). The same will be true for you. Great discoveries influence lives, and so do spiritual finds. But where does one start searching? I suggest higher ground.

I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

I want to scale the utmost height,
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Higher Ground by Johnson Oatman Jr. (public domain)

Prayer Suggestion: Prayerfully ask God to fill you with all the fullness of His Son, “who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV).

—Charles Earl Harrel

Happy Father’s Day!