On Sunday, July 12, 2015 Shirley and I visited the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City. This museum tells a fascinating story of a steamboat on the Missouri river that sank in 1856. The story of the family and a couple friends that went treasure hunting to find the buried ship and its 200 tons of cargo is truly amazing.
When Shirley and I left the museum and headed back to St. Louis we talked about the experience and how much we enjoyed and were in wonder of the story. We also talked how fortunate we were that one of the family members that did the excavation was present and we were able to talk at length, enjoying a personal visit with him. Thank you, David Hawley, for taking the time.
As Shirley began her short cut home (short cut is what we call taking a nap and letting the miles pass while you drift away) I continued to think about the phrases that were used throughout the tour; “treasure hunters” and “hidden treasure” and “buried treasure.”
I never considered myself a treasure hunter. Like most men it sounds fascinating and who wouldn’t want to undertake an exciting adventure with the prospect of finding treasure. Certainly I’ve taken risks in my life, but nothing like what we witnessed in the museum.
I glanced over at Shirley.
I was, I am a treasure hunter. 40 years to that day I undertook a life-long treasure hunt. I married the most fascinating person I had ever met. Since that day it has been the continual revelation of the hidden treasures that lie within this wonderful woman. Every experience reveals more value. The deeper we dig the more there is to find.
You might think that after 40 years the adventure would be growing old, but it always seems to be just beginning.
Proverbs 31 says that a woman like Shirley’s value exceeds precious jewels. She is a treasure beyond assessment.
Proverbs 18 says that when a man finds a good wife he finds a good thing and also gains God’s favor.
I am a treasure hunter and I’m excited to continue finding more treasure in Shirley. The adventure continues.
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