Without me knowing it, my husband, Ken, had gotten an old, worn travel trunk, that once belonged to my great grandmother, from my parents basement and had it restored to give to me that Christmas. The one who restored it also included before and after photo’s along with a history of the type of trunk it was; a ladies trunk, because it had compartments inside that were for a parasol, a hat and undergarments. Because of the embossed tin on the exterior it is thought to have been used as far back as the late 1800’s.
Seeing it on Christmas morning brought me to tears. I loved that Ken had pulled off such a wonderfully thoughtful surprise gift and that I had a beautifully restored family heirloom to cherish. And I have treasured that trunk over the years. Not only have I always given it a place of prominence in my home but I have used it to store cherished keepsakes inside as well.
Deuteronomy 14:2 tells us, “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be His treasured possession.” He has chosen you and I. Weary travelers. Worn from the journey and maybe even considered worthless by some of the world’s standards. But not by God’s. We are His. He chose you and I to be His own. So valuable to Him that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to live and die and be raised again to life, that we could be restored in our relationship with Him. That’s the best restoration story ever!
What does God say about you? You are treasured.