Photo and Commentary ©2018 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, December 3, 2018
I think I first became interested in rocks after finding fool’s gold and mica sheets when I was a kid at summer camp. Then, when I was visiting my aunt, she had a whole bowl full of eggs made from different polished stones. She took me to a place where you could buy inexpensive semi-precious polished stones and a fascination was born! Who knew there were so many different kinds of rocks.
I recently went to the Earth Sciences museum at the University of British Columbia where they had a huge geode that had been cut and the inside was lined with amethyst crystals. I only had my cell phone with me so this photo is of a different specimen.
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz. People use it for jewelry and for decoration and some people believe it has healing properties. While I don’t buy into the healing properties idea (I think it is a really good marketing ploy to improve sales!), I do think it is very beautiful. It is found in many locations throughout the world and occurs in very pale to very dark purples. Because it’s so abundant, it is not as expensive as more rare varieties of gems.
The Bible tells us not to hoard treasure down here on earth and I think this refers to any material goods, not just precious or semi-precious stones.
Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
Matthew 6:19-21 (The Message)