Job compares mining to searching for wisdom. "There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined. Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore. Man puts an end to the darkness; he searches the farthest recesses for ore in the blackest darkness. Far from where people dwell he cuts a shaft, in places forgotten by the foot of man... Sapphires come from its rocks, and its dust contains nuggets of gold...He tunnels through the rock; his eyes see all its treasures. He searches the sources of the rivers and brings hidden things to light. But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?" Job concludes the chapter by saying, "The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding." Job 28. Fear: respect and reverence for God, to be in awe of his majesty and power. Are you wise?
Here I am, a copper miner's daughter, searching for treasures from the heart of God. My dad went to work every morning under the desert sands of southern Arizona, light strapped to his head. His work was dirty but he developed an appreciation for gems, collecting them, polishing them, making jewelry from them.
Let's go down deep and bring hidden things to light. But the gems we unearth are meant to be shared. Yours, too! The public nature of this format is difficult for me. Also, I am an edit fanatic. For me, there is no such thing as a finished product. But whatever I find, rough as it is, I will bring it here. You decide if it is valuable to you or not. Most likely, it will need a lot of polishing.
Hold me accountable to keep digging. God's treasury is never empty. I think as long as I keep writing, he will keep giving.