When God Gave Me a Hidden Treasure

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Back in the 1990s, John, Bethany, Mary Evelyn, and I joined other homeschoolers for an all-day field trip with a creation scientist. We began in Cookeville, Tennessee, which rests on a geographic feature called the Highland Rim. During the day, we traveled to the Cumberland Plateau and the Sequatchie Valley.

Middle and East Tennessee are so hilly that road building is difficult. Crews often blast through hills to make roads more level than they would be otherwise. The blasting reveals the layers of rocks beneath the hills. Throughout the day, the scientist showed us evidence of the Great Flood in rock layers along the sides of roads.

At one point, our guide led us to the side of a road where there were many flat, black rocks. We had been instructed beforehand to bring tools to use to break open rocks we found. I picked up one of these flat rocks, placed it on its side, and whacked it as I had been instructed. The rock broke easily into two layers. Inside was a perfect imprint of a fern about six or seven inches long. It was beautiful.

I was overcome with amazement, realizing that God had chosen me to be the very first person in the world to see this beautiful fern fossil. At some time in the past, God had placed that fern imprint there and He knew that I would be the one to find it.

God has placed wonders and treasures everywhere–on the earth, inside the earth, in the heavens, and in people. Be on the lookout for the ones He has waiting for you.

For the Lord is a great God
And a great King above all gods,
In whose hand are the depths of the earth,
The peaks of the mountains are His also.
Psalm 95:3-5, NASB

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