Thursday, January 20, 2011

National Treasure.

I love a good story. Especially a surprise that takes you aback, knocks your socks off.

I could watch the Susan Boyle audition on Britians Got Talent a million times. The look on Simon Cowell's face is priceless when she starts to sing. These kinds of stories, I love.

A friend of mine posted another on Facebook the other day. I'd actually seen it before and, because I knew the story, I couldn't wait to see it again.

It's from the Antiques Roadshow and it's a video of one of their Top Ten Highest Valued Items ever.

This sweet man brings in a Navajo blanket that his family has had for decades. The appraiser is rendered speechless. I love the build-up, the way he tells about the history of the blanket, that's its actually a Chief's blanket and a pristine example of the tribe's earliest weavings. It's worth a quarter of a million dollars. The owner, so humbly, voice cracking from the shock, says, "It's just been hanging on the back of a chair."

I can imagine what he's thinking - remembering how, day after day, how he and his family walked past it - barely noticing it. Perhaps it was thrown over him by his mom as a child when he caught that nasty cold that tends to find all our kids this time of year. Except mine because I have willed it away. Perhaps it was spread across chairs and tables to make a fort he and his siblings could play under.

"My family - we're just poor farmers!" The man says through tears. Perhaps he's remembering it being laid across his bed as an extra layer when the heat quit working and there wasn't money to pay for the repair.

Who knows.

But, what he's had on his hands all this time was what the expert calls a National Treasure. He's explained the beauty and value of the simple blanket and the owner will never look at it the same way again. It is worth more than the owner had ever imagined. It's Smithsonian Museum quality and will surely be treated totally differently from now on.

I love the whole story but it actually makes me think of something else. Someone told me once that, if we could see each other as the Lord sees us, and as we will be in Glory, we would want to literally fall on our faces and worship each other. In reality, though, I have a tendency to walk past people in my life, people in my neighborhood that seem so familiar, and barely see them at all. Habits get ingrained, life gets busy, and I stop appreciating the intricate weaving the Lord has done to create all the beautiful people He's put in my life.

I'm praying He'll open my eyes every morning to see people as He sees them. As treasures. Eternal, image-bearing, treasures of infinite worth.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12


Candy said...

Such a great reminder, Melissa, that "created in the image of God" for His glory and purpose does in fact make us humans treasures. The video is wonderful and an expression of a man humbled & surprised by his good fortune.



The Pennington Point said...

Leave it to you to remind me I am precious from watching PBS. Thanks, it's a message I really needed to hear today. You are appreciated. Lisa~

LLH Designs said...

I love your spin on this story. So good!

I feel silly introducing myself in a comment, but we have a few friends in common. Laura McCullough said I'd love your blog. Loved the name before I even visited. (I was a Theta at Vanderbilt). Missy @ It's Almost Naptime is also a friend of mine (from church). Then found out Candy is your mother-in-law (I think I've got that right). She's the God mother of my best friend from high school. Small world!

I look forward to learning about more of your story.


Kim said...

Beautiful reminder.

Dina said...

I've turned into such a crybaby lately (curse menopause!) I love a good story as well and it's fitting in so many ways that this story of a blanket --- a covering as it were --- is a vivid and humble reminder of how we are enveloped and sheltered by The One who makes the impossible possible. Like turning an "old blanket" into a half a million dollars.

Now, that's what you call Amazing Love.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Made me cry.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

And I was sitting on Linsey's couch when Laura told her she'd love your blog, btw.

Tanya said...

Thank you so much for writing this! I found you via Missy, and this really made an impact on me!

Wade's World said...

What a great story! I was a little worried that the old man was about to have a heart attack!

Now I need to go check all my old blankets to see what I can find!