They were looking for gold when they found the “blue stuff”, a mother lode of silver ore, on such a grand scale, that it would soon bring a plethora of emigrants, miners and traders to the eastern slope of Mount Davidson. It was 1859, and Virginia City, Nevada was rising to fame amid the discovery of the Comstock Lode.
This boom town found itself busting at the seems; with the recent influx of wealthy prospectors and traders profiting from the silver mine, they used their money to build new schools, opera houses, churches and theater venues.
Many of these pioneers were just heading west over the Sierra Nevada to make their fortune by way of the California gold rush. Instead, they found their paradise 150 miles east in the Washoe district of Nevada.
They came looking for gold and silver that was perishable. However, there is something more valuable to us as Christians than earthly metals.
“How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver,” (Proverbs 16:16). When we spend time in God’s word, meditating on his goodness and his promises, we will be spiritually richer and wiser. Ayin declares in Psalm 119:127 that, “Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.” As we march along in our busy days filled with work, sports, kids, meal planning, laundry, bill paying and cleaning, it’s easy to let time with The Lord slip through our hands. I am learning more and more about how I need to be intentional with my time. Otherwise, we will end up being a slave to whatever distraction is thrown our way. And we all know distractions come life a thief to rob us of what valuable time we do have.
We are all given the same 24 hours in a day. We have to choose how to fill those hours with what is most important. Here are three ways that I have found that have helped me in my quest to eliminate distraction and business from my life, in order to make more time for what is precious to me: spending time with God.
1. Get Your Priorities Right
Make a list of your priorities. Figure out what is most important to you. Jot these down on a notepad and keep them handy.
2. Eliminate the Distraction and Business
Write down your daily schedule on a piece of paper and look closely at how you are spending the hours in each day. Are there people or endless chores that are eating away at the precious moments
of your life? Is spending time with The Lord intentional or more of an after-thought?
First come to grips with where the distractions are coming from: unplanned spontaneous shopping sprees, long hours in front of the TV,
surfing the web or just plain disorganization? Where can you make adjustments? After spotting the problem areas, now cut out the needless hours of distraction that you find and write down what you
would like your new schedule to look like.
3. Be Intentional With Your Time
Spending time with God doesn’t just “happen,” we need to be intentional. If our priority is being in relationship with Jesus, than time with Him is necessary. I use to get up early in the morning to pray and
be in the Word of God, but now with my schedule, I’ve actually cut out time in the evening, hours I use to spend sitting in front of the TV, to seek The Lord. It may be that your time is in the afternoon
when the children are napping or during a lunch hour at work, but what ever time you make……….make sure it’s intentional. Keep guard as well, because the enemy will come like a thief to try
and steal that time from you. I suppose that’s why most people pull out their Bible in the early hours of the morning and pray, there seems a lot less opportunity for distraction when everyone else is still in
bed and the world hasn’t awoken yet from it’s slumber.
If we want to find what’s most precious in life, more precious than silver and gold, we will have to dig for it –just like the pioneers of the Comstock Lode. They came with their picks, shovels and trommel’s to unearth the gold and silver that lay beneath the ground. We will find our “hidden treasure” in the promises of God, in the digging for wisdom, and in relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord. What changes do you need to make today in order to find your treasure?
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” (Matthew 6:21).
References: Story of The Comstock by Silvia Anne Sheafer, Wikipedia