Do you remember the days of simplicity when life was grand if you just had a pocket? She was just 5 years old and looked so cute and innocent in her denim jumper and pigtails. She came greeting me with boundless energy , sweet smiles, and with a used popsicle stick poking out of a tiny top pocket on her jumper.
I pulled it out of her pocket, explaining that used popsicle sticks were not a treasure to carry. It was then that I noticed some chocolate on the stick. When she saw the chocolate she jumped to alertness and thrust her little hand into the pocket retrieving a melted, smashed, Hershey’s Kiss. She had forgotten that she had it there.
Ultimately she chose to throw away her secret treasure of chocolate because the wrapper had come undone and gotten onto the used popsicle stick. She ended up tossing out the popsicle stick as well. And I ended up doing the washing of the pocket.
What’s in your pocket? There are times in each life when we are carrying around with us something we had forgotten. Perhaps it is some sinful pleasure that you treasure. No one else can see it. No one knows it is there, but you and God. You intended it for your own joy and personal use, but somehow at times the treasure becomes a mess, entangled in your pocket. Or maybe you have picked up something that looked really good to you. You may have intended it as a treasure, but it never really was. It was only ever trash, but this would be news to you. It is time to provide some time to the contemplation of what is in our pockets. What are we carrying along with us through this life? God wants to shed some light on your secret things.
God is calling you to show Him what is in your pocket. Reveal all of your treasures and allow His wisdom to indicate what is truly a treasure and what is tasteless trash.
The conclusion of Numbers 32:23 states, “be sure your sin will find you out.” Ecclesiastes 12:13 and 14 declares the end of wise Solomon’s discourse, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
The great thing about our God is that He doesn’t just point out our trash, but he replaces the things we surrender with a fullness of life. Jesus shares the devil’s plans, and own purposes for humanity when He said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).” He wants to fill the pocket of our lives with an abundance of true treasures.