Often life's greatest treasures aren't found on the mountaintops of one's greatest accomplishments, but rather are gathered out of the hidden place of the valley and the the tarnished moments overcome in the desert.
There are desert seasons in life where all seams abandoned, forgotten and hopeless, but just below the surface of the deserts dust, God has hidden gold. You may have to get your hands and knees dirty in the search of it. You may ruin your pretty manicure or Sunday dress, but when your pockets are overflowing with gold, it won't matter. Just as Jesus pulls the gold out of our murky, sinful nature, we too are called to seek for the gold in others. And let me tell you, it sure makes for doing life in those dreadful desert stages a whole lot easier. It also makes doing life with all those messy people around us, much more pleasant. So here's to getting a little dirt under your fingernails and finding the gold that God has hidden just for you!