Decades ago, I received two very pretty, oval shaped, pink stones that had fallen from a piece of costume jewelry. I have no idea what they are made of, probably just colored glass. They could be worth zillions, or not worth anything. To me, they are priceless treasures.

Late one afternoon at about dusk, I was searching through my treasure box for a broach and one of the pink stones fell out of the box. I heard its soft thump on the carpet and bent down to feel around in the dim light where I thought it would be. It wasn't there, so I switched on the light. Still it remained hidden. Finally, I shone a torch over the area. It still eluded me.

Next morning, I searched again; I still could not find my treasured pink stone. Perhaps I should bring the forceful assault of the vacuum cleaner to bear, but I suspected my stone could be shattered by such power and then it would be lost forever.

Another day went by, and as I contemplated the spot where my stone might be, the sun streamed through the window and there was my little pink jewel shining softly in the sunlight against the blue carpet. It only needed the right sort of light to reveal it.

There was my little pink jewel shining softly!
Often, when something is difficult to uncover, we search and search for answers. However hard we search, it remains hidden and none of our artificial lights can reveal it. Our only choice is to be patient, and then when the timing is right and the right light shines on it, we find our treasure.

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life" (John 8:12). The Psalmist proclaimed, "For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see" (Psalm 36:9 NLT). The right timing and the right light reveal the treasures of the kingdom of God to us.