The cameo pin from my Grandmother…a precious lady I will meet one day when I get to heaven…is a keepsake. A treasure.
Though she didn’t have a lot of jewelry, the cameo held its own secrets.
My Grandfather had found it in the street on a rainy night on his way home from his watchman duties. It was crushed a bit and had obviously fallen off someone and been trampled.
However, they had a jeweler look at it. He said he could carefully carve out the face, cutting away that which had been damaged. So for years, my Grandmother enjoyed this uniquely sculpted cameo.
When my Grandma died, it was passed to my Mom who was pregnant with me at the time. As I was growing up, Mom told me wonderful stories about my Grandmother and would show me the few things she kept as treasured memories.
Every now and again, Mom would open the velvet covered box and show the cameo to me.
“Someday, this will be yours,” she would say.
The pretty face intrigued me as if somehow she held the secret of her former life before the fateful day she plunged to a rainy street and lost her owner.
Then when I was married with children of my own, Mom unexpectedly gave it to me.
“I want to see you enjoy this,” she said.
Since a tiny stone was missing, we took it to a jeweler to have it replaced along with getting it appraised. He replaced the tiny stone, but regrettably informed us that it wasn’t as valuable as we may have thought since the monetary value had been cut away in its repair those many years ago.
But just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is value. To my Mom and me, the love with which my Grandfather brought it to his wife…and the story hidden behind the cameo’s smile…gave it great worth. But, even more so, was the heirloom meaning of who it belonged to after it was found…first my Grandmother and then my Mom…before it became mine.
Keepsakes are treasures.
I love what Psalm 121: 5, NKJV says about God. “The Lord is your keeper.”
Then verses 7 & 8, NLT go on to say, “The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”
Did you know that you are a treasure kept by God?
Much more than we hold onto a keepsake and treasure it, God holds onto us and we are His treasure…his jewel…as he says in Malachi 3: 17, NKJV when speaking of those who honor the Lord, “ ‘They shall be Mine,’” says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I make them my jewels.’”
But God also refers to us as sheep that are lost without a Shepherd. However, the heartbeat of that little lamb is so precious to Him that he will search high and low until he finds that one who has strayed.
Like the cameo that fell from its original owner to the mire of the street and needed saving and restoration, so are God’s little lambs that have been soiled by the sin nature with which we are born. God is our original owner…His creation that has been marred by sin because Adam and Eve believed the lie of Satan in the Garden of Eden.
But God...so rich in love and mercy toward us…sacrificed His own life and died upon the cross in our place rising again from the dead to provide eternal security. In this way, the sinless One took upon Himself the sins of the world giving salvation freely for all who believe.
Others may not see our value, but Jesus does. He doesn’t want even one to be lost and not found. We are made in His image and we are priceless in His eyes.
Jesus is our good Shepherd. In John 10: 27 - 29, Jesus says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
A piece of jewelry can be lost…as the cameo was to its original owner. It can be stolen or given away.
But our salvation is secure…a gift from God when we open our hearts and receive it.
That’s God’s keeping power. Selah
Next time we’ll explore the immeasurable treasure that is ours