My first question to myself;’Why did I take this photograph of a section of a tree trunk? I’m guessing that it was the surprise in finding it. There’s a wonderful picture that Jesus paints, recorded in Matthew’s gospel (Chapter 13, verse 34..“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.‘ Curious but compelling.

The moment of suprise; the opening of doors; the new perspective. The sliced section through the tree trunk seems a little less prosaic, but it still offers that element of suprise.

We are living through suprising days, which challenge what we have regarded as our ‘norms’. I find myself needing to reset my compass, so to speak. To tune into a different way of seeing and doing. The challenge is to allow ourselves to be open to ‘seeing’ things differently, with the possibilty of finding something that has always been there, but often hidden. This is the step of faith; the uncovering of something lost or missed. like the person finding treasure in a field.

We are not told how the discoverer found the treasure which I think is the key to the story. In other words, our discovering is unique to each of us. God reveals what is hidden in an unexpected way. That’s the excitement and challenge of faith.

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