I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.  Isaiah 45:3

Edelweiss is a flower that grows on barren mountain heights. Hundreds of years ago in Europe, love-struck young men would endear themselves by collecting the flower in the hard-to-access crags and ledges of the alpine mountains. Many died from falls or succumbed to exposure, but if a young woman received a bouquet of edelweiss, it proved the suitor was brave, able-bodied and serious in his intentions.

     In the 1920s, missionary Amy Carmichael wrote a book called Gold by Moonlight where she says that edelweiss is on the mountain to bring soft beauty in harsh places…it is a cheery surprise to the toiling climber. In the same way, she says, there can be little touches of joy found in our daily lives, especially in trials, if we will only gather them as we climb.

     Rather than walking away from God in dark times, look for treasures. Gather edelweiss. God will say and do sweet things for you—through His word, through people, through little things that happen that are precious to you that only God would know.

     The way this looks in real life is that I must choose to look for “treasures” from God each day through His gifts. He gives me the patience to hold my tongue, but I must choose to respond to it. He will love through me in a relationship where love feels impossible, but I have to let that love flow through me. He grants me the grace to choose a bright attitude every morning, but the first smile of the day may have to be by faith. Tell God your specific need, and He will give you “riches stored in secret places.”

*What is your hard mountain climb today? Will you, by faith, choose to see His gifts?

God, help me to gather edelweiss on this climb and to find hidden treasure on this dark trail. Your goal is that I know that You are God and that You call me by name. In awe of Your greatness, I pray, Amen.

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