Our Daily Journey with God
message in a bottle
God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use the well to serve one another [1 Peter 4:10]
This title gives you the mental image of a bottle bobbin in the deep blue, right? Prepare for an altered image!
Several year ago, a builder in England discovered his bottle with a surprise beneath a fireplace he was renovating. While working on a cottage in Southampton , Richard Curtis found the vessel containing this note: "To whoever finds this message, please return it to me for a reward of 2/6d- Naida Wills 1955."
The 2/6d stands for half a crown- a former silver coin used in the UK. Naida, who was 7 at the time, was now on her fifties. Her father George Parsons, wrote the message when he was working on a carpentry job in the cottage. He stuffed the note in the bottle to honor his daughter, and he placed the half crown coin in a box for safekeeping.
When Richard Curtis called him to collect his treasure, Parsons was relieved: "I'm glad it's been found at last. I've kept half of the crown all this time, and I've never forgotten the note.
In Matthew 25, we read about a guy who hid his silver- about 75 pounds of it- for a very different reason. A servant was given the money to invest for the bank to earn interest in his master's name, he dug a hole and hid the treasure- hoping to claim it one day his own. Bad mistake!
What has God given you that you're hiding away? Your time, your talents, your gifts, and your resources are His. He wants you to use them faithfully.
Our Master, Jesus, will return one day. Will He find you pouring out all you have for Him- not bottling it up or keeping it buried? May you hear Him say, "Well done, my good and faithful servant!" [v.21]. It's all about being faithful. ~Tom Felten