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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Treasure Hunters

Do you like collecting rocks? What would you do if you found a stone that turned out to be worth thousands of dollars? That’s what happened to a 13-year-old girl a few years ago.

After a day of searching at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, Nicole Ruhter and her family didn’t have the treasure they’d hoped to find. But as they headed out, Nicole looked down at the path and saw a sparkly object. Sure enough, it was a diamond! A park ranger said similar stones have sold for several thousand dollars.

Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world’s only public diamond mine. Visitors are allowed to keep the gems they find. Over the years, a number of kids have uncovered valuable diamonds. A 9-year-old boy found a stone his mom thought was worthless. It turned out to be a diamond about the size of Nicole’s. A sixth-grader on a school field trip picked up a diamond valued at $800.

Thousands of years ago, a ruler named Josiah discovered a much greater treasure. Josiah became king of Israel when he was only 8 years old. Josiah loved God and tried to obey Him. But most people in Israel didn’t remember God’s Word or His laws. Many people served false idols instead of the one true God.

One day the Book of the Law was found in the temple. When Josiah heard God’s truth, he realized the Israelites were doing a lot of wrong things. Josiah asked God to forgive him. He called on all the people to do the same.

“Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the Lord, the God of their fathers” (2 Chronicles 34:33, NIV).

Even though he was just a kid when he was crowned, Josiah is remembered as one of Israel’s greatest kings. You can read more about him in 2 Kings 22 and 23 and in 2 Chronicles 34 and 35.

God is looking for people who are willing to serve and obey Him. It doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or girl, young or old, rich or poor. If you have Jesus in your heart, you are a valuable part of God’s kingdom.

— Christina Quick

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