I remember reading a beautiful book about a shepherd looking for treasure.
He was lying down in an old, ruined church in Spain, when he had a prophetic vision. In his vision, he found tons and tons of treasure in the pyramids of Egypt.
So moved by his vision, he sold all his sheep and sailed on to Egypt. He went first to Africa and was planning to travel to Egypt from there. He was accompanied by a man who seemed to help him go to the Pyramids but instead robbed him of all his belongings.
Not having any money and finding himself alone in a foreign country, he looked for work and found friendship in a store owner in that country. He worked his way as a helper in his friend's shop, earning enough to continue his quest.
Making enough money to carry on, he started moving again.
Not long after, he stumbled into an oasis and found true love. He was almost ready to leave everything behind and marry his true love but he was declined.
With a pinch of heartbreak, the woman told him to complete his journey first, and find his treasure; and only then can he go back to her and get married.
Disappointed, he walked on and continued his quest.
Finally, he was able go to the pyramids. But then, it seems misfortune is with him all along, he got robbed again.
But this time, he overheard the thieves saying that there is a treasure buried deep down an old and ruined church in Spain.
He knew this church so well! This was the church from where he started having his vision.
With much fervor and enthusiasm, he went back home to his beloved church, and once there, he started digging!
Now, I definitely won’t leave you without pointing out the moral of the story!
My professor used to tell us, what fool this guy is. He had to travel all over the world just to discover that the treasure was buried down the piece of land he was stepping on. Did he really have to travel all that way?
Of course, I didn’t raise my hand, but at the back of my mind, I was screaming YES! He needed to travel all that way!
He had to sell all his sheep, travel all that way, get robbed and work for years in a foreign land, have his heart broken, and get robbed again, before realizing that the treasure was there, exactly where he left it.
If he hadn’t been robbed… he couldn’t have discovered true friendship.
If he hadn’t moved forward on his journey and went to that oasis, he wouldn’t have known true love.
And if he hadn’t gotten robbed again in the pyramids…he wouldn’t have overheard the info about his treasure.
Everything happens for a reason!
Even when you think that nothing good will come out of the situation you’re in!
Thank God and praise Him. For out of your journey, your treasure is waiting for you.