As I rummaged through shelves in the garage one day last week, I remembered I had stored a dirt filled container of tulip bulbs for the winter. Ah yes, there it was. Sitting in the dark on a shelf, I found the pot. Not only was it hidden in darkness but something had been placed on top that shielded the pot from any exposure to light. As expected, the dirt was completely dried out as there had been no exposure to water the entire winter.
To my surprise, when I removed the covering, I noticed about a half dozen tiny green stems poking through the dirt. How can this be? This plant had been hidden from light and water for almost a year. How is it possible that these bulbs not only weathered the winter in darkness but began new life without a trace of water?
I took the container into my kitchen and began a crusade of water and exposure to light. Slowly, the stems grew longer and others appeared as well. It looked like there would soon be a large crop of tulips in full bloom right in my kitchen.
In this process, I kept thinking there must be a spiritual lesson here. What was the Lord saying to me? Perhaps, it was a reminder to never give up on people. Even when their lives appear to be in a dark and arid land, a spark from God could be moving them upward. Maybe a little encouragement from a friend, a little watering would bring them to their destiny.
Or maybe the lesson is that just as the darkness of the dirt held a hidden treasure, so God’s word holds hidden wealth in a secret place as He speaks to us. The tulip bulb was pushing through the dirt to grow and reveal its glory in the beauty of its flower.
Isaiah 45:3, “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.”
When God reveals hidden things to us, it’s so we can know Him more intimately, so we can appreciate and enjoy the beauty of Jesus. Watch for hidden treasures in your life.