Columbia, SC — I’m not above stooping to pick up pennies, because they, along with all the other coins I find lying about, really add up. My entire family does likewise, and at Thanksgiving we have an exciting count. We call this “goat money” since it produces funds sufficient for the annual purchase of a goat (we hope a pregnant one) through the international outreach ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.
I had just thrown a dime into my “A Penny Saved” jug recently when my husband called from the living room, where he was watching the amazing story of a California couple who found 1,400 gold pieces buried in rusty cans in their garden. The couple said they planned to donate part of the proceeds to charity. I laughed out loud as the reporter said the couple had advised: “Don’t be above bending over to check on a rusty can.”
In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to a treasure hidden in a field: “When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
We may never find gold buried in the garden, but, especially during our Lenten preparation for the coming of Easter, we can rejoice in the unfathomable treasure of the kingdom of heaven available to all who believe in the son of God who died for us, was buried and rose again.