A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man so he took the bag out of the cave with him.
As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out in the ocean as far as he could. He though little about it until he dropped one of the balls and it cracked open on a rock.
Inside was a beautiful, precious stone.
Excited, the man started opening the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the twenty or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him. He had been on a beach a long time. He had thrown maybe fifty or sixty clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves.
Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he just threw it away.
It’s like that with people. Sometimes we look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn’t look like much on the outside. It isn’t always beautiful and sparkling so we discount it.
We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well-known or has a lot of wealth.
But we have not taken the time to unravel the treasure within, something hidden by God.
There is a treasure in all of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away, and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.