If you are like many people, you are fascinated by the lore and adventure of hunting and finding buried, hidden treasure. Such fascination may go back to your childhood days and the reading of pirates like Long John Silver in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Or perhaps the scheme of getting rich quick just stimulates your interest and imagination. Either way, there seems to be a strong psychological appeal among many of us that there is a hidden treasure out there somewhere, and that if we put in time and effort and we’re smart enough, we’ll find it.
Such is apparently the case for those seeking the Fenn treasure. Have you heard about that? As the story goes, somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, in the roughly 1,000 miles between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Canadian border, there is a treasure chest worth at least two million dollars just waiting to be found. Forrest Fenn, now 87, a former Vietnam fighter pilot and art dealer claims to have hidden his fortune in the Rockies in 2010. The treasure chest supposedly contains emeralds, rubies, gold coins, and diamonds — all artifacts that Fenn, also a self-taught archaeologist, amassed during his explorations in the Southwest portion of the US.
Fenn claims to have originally filled the treasure chest after he was diagnosed with cancer in 1988. He planned to take the chest into the Rockies and die beside it. After he survived the cancer scare, he left the treasure chest in a walk-in vault at his house for years before
deciding to hide it and later launch the now famed treasure hunt.
The main piece of guidance Fenn has offered as a clue in finding his treasure is a cryptic 24-line poem he wrote in his self-published memoir, “The Thrill of the Chase.” He has since shared the poem on Instagram. He says the treasure could be found soon or 1,000 years from now. Fenn estimates that as many as 350,000 people have gone searching for the treasure. Some obsessively so. At least four people are believed to have died in accidents while searching for the treasure, including one pastor from Colorado!
While searching for buried treasure may be appealing to some and exciting to many, it is an iffy pursuit at best and can be unnecessarily dangerous. But there are other pursuits of treasure in life that are far more certain, and while potentially dangerous, are overwhelmingly worth the pursuit.
Let me give you three worthwhile and interrelated treasure hunts from Scripture that should stimulate our treasure seeking juices as Christians:
- The Kingdom of God/Heaven – the kingdom of God is the rule of God over all the universe and His rule over the hearts and lives of those who by faith in Jesus Christ willingly submit to His authority. According to Matt. 13:44, the Kingdom is of great value being like a “treasure hidden in a field.” The daily wholehearted seeking of the rule and reign of God’s Kingdom righteousness in our lives should be our daily pursuit (Jer. 29:13). Such treasure seeking will bring us great spiritual reward (Ps. 34:10; Matt. 6:33).
- God’s Will – God promises us that if we seek for His daily will in His Word and through prayer, we will find the valued buried treasure for which we search. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. one who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
- Godly Wisdom – God’s direction/treasure for daily living and for solving life’s perplexing puzzles and problems is available to us who seek His Kingdom and will. His wisdom increasingly enriches our lives as we live to please our Savior. Prov. 2:3-5 informs us: “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.”
Now, you can choose to spend your time searching for the Fenn treasure if you wish. And if you do and find it, for crying out loud REMEMBER ME and cut me in on the proceeds! After all, I’m the one who told you about it!
But if you choose instead to treasure hunt for God’s Kingdom, God’s will, and God’s wisdom, let me know what you discover there and cut me in on those valuable, spiritual proceeds as well.
In that way, the treasure hunt allows us all to come out the richer and blessed as a result of the buried treasure found.
Happy Hunting & Blessings to You in Christ!