The last few years have been both an exciting and enlightening experience for me. In the corporate world, life is always tough and challenging as each new year we’re expected to deliver results that become tighter and tighter each time. We have to be more discerning in our priorities at work, and as well as our family and personal lives. While there is no let-up in our personal goals in raising the intensity of our attention and dedication in our chosen careers, we also become aware that age is catching up and that there should be a much better attitude in coping up with the challenges thrown to us each day. We have to be more prudent in ensuring that we don’t lose sight of our final destination and still make the workplace both successful and pleasant at the same time. Remarkably, with age comes wisdom and the realization that there are better ways of doing things, and there are better ways of handling relationships.
The “treasures” which we have chased in our youth are slowly fading in value and the more priceless ones suddenly become more visible and clearer. We are slowly led into the realization that there’s more to life than flashy gadgets, fast cars and plush homes. But this doesn’t come easy, as this isn’t obvious to others deprived of the gift of faith and discernment. It is not for everyone; it is only for those who strive to win the struggle between good and evil every minute, every hour, every day.
In the Gospel, the Lord Jesus likens the Kingdom of Heaven to a “treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” (Mt. 13: 44 – 46)
The challenge then is the search,
Where do we look in the first place? How do we find it?
When we become more faithful to Christ, we start to see things we had with no idea that they were around. We find greater treasures. These are glimpses of Heaven, of course. We long for it; we want to experience it. Nothing comes close yet not even pain and suffering can stop us from pursuing it. As much as we can imagine, what we experience does not even come close to a fraction of what Heaven really is. We simply can’t fathom it as it is out of our field of vision.
As we struggle and discern God’s will for our life, as we seek to know what is good and true, the wonder and awe of His providence is always beyond human understanding. Yet, this is also God’s presence — Emmanuel — in our earthly life. If we are prayerful and faithful, with the purity of heart and intent of seeking to know God more, we will be nurtured with Heavenly wisdom to allow us to grow and mature. We need the eyes of faith more than ever in order to know and identify these treasures normally hidden from our earthly view for us to see the pearl of great price that the Lord is talking about. A treasure whose value is beyond all that we can ever imagine. If we realize it, gaining wisdom is geared towards making the brightness of our souls become more like Christ. It is simply nurtured growth, a deepening of the faith to a wisdom beyond all understanding.
As we trek daily towards maturity, may the Father grant us the wisdom and grace to see more clearly the pearl of great price with the eyes of faith; that which is truly valuable, truly priceless and truly authentic.
“Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; for you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.” (Mt. 11: 25)