Treasure hidden in the heart
We are told in the Scriptures that all that exists was made from nothing, something we generally assume and take as a given but don’t often unpack and explore. There is a great and beautiful truth to creation ex nihilo that we often forget which is that creation is not a matter of what was made from nothing but what is made from nothing now:
“For you love all things that exist,
and detest none of the things that you have made,
for you would not have made anything if you had hated it.
How would anything have endured if you had not willed it?
Or how would anything not called forth by you have been preserved?
You spare all things, for they are yours, O Lord, you who love the living.” Wis 11:24-26
“In him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Col 1:16-17
We must not forget when we talk about creation that it is not a past tense event, nor is it just an overflow of being from God that is unwilled. My existence, and yours, individually and personally is willed not just at the moment of conception but throughout your whole life. You are held in existence, sustained by God – made from nothing and suspended over that nothing by the willed act of God. Grace holds you above that void, works in every fibre of your being, and calls you from non-existence into existence at every moment of your life.
Not only that but you are, in the eyes of God, fundamentally good at the core (cf. Wis 11:24-26, Gen 1:26-31). No matter our fallen state, no matter how hard we try to turn our backs on God, our being is still fundamentally good and sustained by God at all times. Hence the fallacy of trying to deny God because in doing so you deny your own existence, even the question ‘do you think there is a God?’ seems self answering by virtue of you being around to ask it.
“He allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’.” Acts 17:26-28
So even though we are made out of nothing we are sustained by everything as true existence belongs to God alone and we are called to participate in that, to share in the Divine and in doing so to have a true existence – to transcend our birth from nothingness! You are literally held in being by love. You were imagined by God and that same God willed that you exist and so you did, he wills that you continue to be and you do. You are no mistake, nor are you the product of some generic human shaped mould, you are willed and you have a definitive reason for existing.
“All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” Jn 1:3-5
Too often in our search for God we strive constantly to look higher, to search further afield or to immerse ourselves in something other. Let me tell you a secret; God is close! We are told that the Kingdom is like a pearl of great price (cf. Mt 13:45-46), whilst being something that is larger than all that is it is found in the smallest of places, akin to an elusive pearl. The treasure that is Christ transcends everything but yet it is like a treasure buried in a field; it is greater than the field but yet buried at the heart of it (cf. Mt 13:44). It is that pearl, that treasure, that will brush off the dirt of sin, knit the wounds of disobedience and draw us onward to a life with God.
If you have been looking for Christ over the horizon or at the top of the next ridge, stop for a moment and rest. Look deeper, not further! That treasure is buried within you and you can uncover it. You were made in the image of God, he crafted you individually, and you are held in being for a reason. That pearl of great price dwells at the heart of you. Look within and I promise you he in whom “we live and move and have our being” is there and he has a plan for you.
“God has created me to do Him some definite service
He has committed some work to me which He has
not committed to another
I have my mission.” Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman