Week 40 (Day 3): Hidden Treasures

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2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)
7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

Sea Biscuit

“We don’t throw away an entire thing just because it is banged up a little,” is a line from the movie Sea Biscuit.

Sea Biscuit was a race horse that was trained by men to loose. How is that? If another horse would enter training in a race, the “Biscuit” would be called for, run alongside the other; and when both horses near the finish line, “Biscuit” would be slowed down a little so that the confidence of the other horse would boost up causing the other to be left behind.

For many years this was done. Biscuit’s morale was at a loss. It’s “horsely” self-image was so lost that nobody would put their money on him. He was trained to loose and that was where he was good at.

In the movie that bears the title “Sea Biscuit,” a group of people came together. Each person had his own share of tough times. They were “banged up a little” and they saw a piece of themselves in the horse’s fate. They decided to get together, train Sea Biscuit and see what happens. Investing their life’s work on Biscuit was a real gamble.

They trusted one another, understand one another, and they trained their horse. It was their chemistry that brought out the best in them.

Wyland

If you’re a lover of the ocean, you’re probably familiar with the artist called Wyland. He is the world’s foremost painter of ocean art and it is even listed on the Guinness Book of World Records for having painted the world’s largest mural. It is a breath taking ocean scene on the front of the Long Beach Convention Center that is one-fifth of a mile long!

What is interesting is that Wyland was born with a clubfoot and endured 11 surgeries before his seventh birthday. Because he was unable to run and play with his friends and siblings, he often sat in the house and drew pictures. He demonstrated a special talent for art, but he never thought it would become his life’s work.

In 1971 he was visiting relatives in Laguna Beach, California. His aunt drove him to the beach and sat there, staring out over the water, suddenly and unexpectedly, two enormous whales broke to the surface in a majestic display of power and grace. To this day, Wyland says that moment was a turning point of his life. Something about the sheer beauty of that scene made him want to use his artistic talent to help people understand and appreciate the wonders of the sea. He reasoned that if people came to love it, they would want to protect it.

Wyland has painted more than 80 public murals, which he calls whaling walls. These murals represent more than 64 million square feet of art, for which he has cheerfully donated his labor and at least 80,000 gallons of paint and many more.

  • Story taken from book Caleb Quest

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