Readings: Job 19:23-27, Romans 5:1-5, John 16:29-33
Kevin and I learned something about a national treasure before most of America knew it. Are you intrigued? We visited President James Monroe’s house in Charlottesville, Virginia last week, and the people that worked there told us that just a few weeks before they had discovered that the house people toured as the president’s main home was actually the guest house. The gardening crew had pulled out a dead bush near the house and found bricks to a chimney buried beneath the roots. Digging deeper, the remains of Monroe’s original house were found by an archeologist. Dendrochronology was then used on the wood in the standing house, which dated it about two decades later than the 1799 build date of the original house. It will be an active archeological and historically interesting site for months. Oh, the scandal! People paid good money to tour Monroe’s house for decades, and it wasn’t his house! Of course, some of the furniture was actually his and the Highland property was his, but the full truth came out by digging deeper. Our pastors are encouraging us all to dig deeper and grow deeper in our relationship with the Lord. Some feelings we have believed for years may actually not be founded in truth. Some views of who God is may not be in line with His Word. Some Bible promises we don’t dare to believe should be believed. Digging deep can bring up the full truth. Thank God that His Word is Truth. What a gift! Who had to dig deeper to hold on to his faith than Job? Yet, in the midst of his torment, he cried out, “I know that my Redeemer lives.” When we dig deep, we can find that treasured Truth, and more too!
Blessings on your dig, Tracy