Geocaching has become quite the craze over the past few years. My family has dabbled in it a bit, we’ve done most of our local caches, but we’re not the super serious “cachers” that some are. Geocaching can provide some excellent family fun time along with providing some great exercise too. If you’re not familiar with geocaching, it’s an outdoor sporting activity in which you use a handheld GPS (global positioning satellite) unit and load in coordinates via the internet to find a hidden treasure.
Here is how it works. After you’ve loaded in your coordinates from home, you go to a specified location. Once there, using your GPS unit, which works as a compass, you seek out a hidden treasure. The GPS machine points you in a direction and gives you distance in which to find the hidden treasure. The treasures are typically hidden in a water tight container or ammunition box which contains a log book (to record your find), along with miscellaneous other trinkets. Once you’ve found the container, you sign your name in the log book along and the date you found the cache. You also can write any other information you’d like, for example how the experience was. Also in the treasure box, are a bunch of trinkets which can be anything from key chains, to coins, to small toys . . . etc. Most of the time the trinkets are of no significant value but rather to provide a fun aspect to the hunt. As a rule, if you take a trinket from the container, you must replace it with something else. Our kids always love the trinket exchange aspect of geocashing.
Geocashing can be so much fun. It’s a modern-day, new technology treasure hunt. Sometimes the caches are pretty easy to find, whereas other times, much seeking has to be done because the treasures have been cleverly hidden. When you find a cache there is always great excitement amongst the participants. My kids will jump up and down and hoot and holler. After you’ve explored your treasure, when your done with the cashe, you put everything back in the container and re-hide the treasure in the exact same spot you found it for the next “seeker.”
Now in geocaching, the treasure is pretty much worthless, the excitement is in the hunt. But I’m wondering, “What are your true treasures in this life?” We all hold certain things dear to us. Is it your own life, your family, your occupation, things you’re collecting, or the accumulating of stuff? Do these treasures bring true fulfillment? In Matthew 6:21 the bible says . . . where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. God wants us to be first and foremost, “seekers” of Him. In Matthew 6:33 it says . . .Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. It also says . . .You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13). Searching with “ALL” our hearts, wow, that’s can be pretty convicting stuff right there. How much time in our busy schedules do we actually set aside time for the things of God, like first and foremost the seeking of Him and His treasures?
The way I see it, geocaching is kind of like our walk with God. Once we know God, he is like the GPS unit which gives us guidance and direction to help us to find the “true” treasures in this life, the things that will truly matter in the end. He points us the right direction and it is our job to then do the seeking in his word to find these eternal treasures. The bible says in Matthew 6:19 . . . Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust will destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But rather store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. What people naturally tend to hold as treasures and what God says are treasures are usually entirely different. Everything on this earth will soon pass away, but eternal treasures will not. Eternal treasures are the things we invest ourselves in for the kingdom of God, the true and lasting treasures, basically put, WE are God’s treasures. Do we use our time wisely to seek after the things of God and invest ourselves in the things that will truly last?
There is quite a nugget found in Colossians 2:2-3 and it says . . . My purpose is that they be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Wow, that’s some great stuff right there. The things of God are hidden but are there for the seeking for all who earnestly search. It says in Proverbs 2:1 . . . My son, if you accept my words and store my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. I get so excited, what priceless treasures are found in the word of God.
There is another passage in Matthew 13:44 which is a real gem. Jesus is using a parable to explain the kingdom of heaven, it says . . . The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure a man discovered hidden in a field, in his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. This is basically explaining about our salvation, it is like a treasure in a field. When you find a treasure it’s free, that is explaining about our salvation, God paid for your salvation, he died on the cross to pay for our sin and salvation is now his free gift to us and heaven is our reward. Then this passage goes on to say . . .that he sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field, meaning once we have God’s free gift of salvation we need to lay down our own lives to become a true follower of Christ. We must give up in order to gain, we must seek in order to find and we must buy in order to own. Here’s one final thought and the truth provoking question. Are you willing to lay down your life in order to find true treasure, the glorious and lasting riches found in a life lived fully for Christ?