It never ceases to amaze me the ways that God uses to speak very profound truths into my life. This month my sweet 16 year old autistic friend Brady stood with his mom and older brother at the graveside of his father. His mother wasn’t quite sure what his concept of death would be nor how he would react to it all.
Several nights before this Brady had prayed aloud with his family and his paternal grandparents telling the Lord how very sad they all were that his dad had died. This……from a child who came from a place where he could not speak. Over time and with much help from his mom and professionals, Brady has blossomed and developed into this sweet young man who not only speaks, but is able to express his emotions. His heart is BIG for others. His smile lights up a room. He “gets” things that others don’t “get”. A precious jewel God sent into this world to teach those around him so many unexpected truths.
As the casket was being lowered into the ground, Brady looked at his mom and said, “Is that the treasure box? Are they burying the treasure box?” Mom’s answer was “Yes“. When she shared that with me, an arrow immediately struck me in the heart. I knew there was a deep truth from God here. I began to mull over what Brady asked and this morning the answer came.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.” II Corinthians 4:7
Earthen vessels were clay jars fashioned by skilled potters who would take a lump of clay, shape it, mold it, and bake it until it was hard. Those jars were then painted, glazed and decorated for whatever purpose the potter had planned for it. Many jars had sacred scrolls or valuable documents that were rolled up and hidden inside.
Our bodies are temporary housing places for the treasure of the light of the rich truth of the gospel that displays the glory of God. When our earthly body is laid inside the casket, that casket becomes the box that holds the vessel that housed that treasure. That casket becomes a Treasure Box holding our physical bodies that will one day be resurrected to become glorified bodies if we have accepted Christ as our personal Savior.
Never again will I look at a casket the same way. Hereafter I will call it a Treasure Box.
Thank you, Brady, for being exactly who God made you to be and for revealing a new truth to comfort my heart.
(Brady on the left looking down at his mom standing next to his big brother at the graveside of their dad)
Beautiful! I will always see them as treasure boxes now too. Please thank Brady for me, and thank you for sharing this godly viewpoint!
Hi Ferree. I will share your comment with Brady’s mom. Thanks for commenting!
What a blessing! It really touched my heart. I appreciate the work you do so much.
Hi Evelyn. It deeply touched my heart as well. Thank you for taking the time to read and for your kind words.
This concept and writing are profound, and they give me much to ponder in my mind and heart. God used Brady to speak to many, and we the many thank Him for His blessing our lives with the words of Brady. We thank Him also for His blessing our lives with you.
Blessings and warm hugs,
Brady’s words definitely blessed many of us. God is using him greatly. Thank you for,your very kind words to him and to me, Carrie.
Beautiful! I hope to never look at a casket the same way again! A treasure box! I Love Brady’s concept … and God’s highlighting it to you. How I love the way He does it! He lets us know He has something to highlight…just wait for it and He will reveal it in His time. What a loving, amazing Father we serve!
Pat, I hope to never look at a casket the same way either. It was truly a heavenly revelation.
LikeLiked by 1 person