A week and a half ago Sam handed me a package that had come in the mail for me. I saw the sender's address and I grinned, because I'd been waiting for something to arrive from my sweet friend, Michelle Z. She had texted me the week before and told me she was sending me "a little something", and I had been telling her ever since that "I just knew it was an orphan and I couldn't wait to see which one she sent me."
Of course we both knew I was teasing. But I had no idea she was sending me the next best thing.
And yes, I cried.
This drawing, now hanging on my refrigerator, is my most valuable possession. You know those questions on What If games, like, "What if there was a house fire, and you had to grab one thing. Aside from your kids, what would it be?"
I'd grab this picture.
Because although this picture was drawn by a little girl who lives on the other side of the world from me, and although I've never met her, she has had my heart for a very long time.
Olga drew this picture, and her mama auctioned it off in a fundraiser to bring her home (and I'm sure she has quite a few hanging on her 'fridge as well!) and my sweet and wonderful friend Michelle Z bought it and sent it to me. And I am so grateful.
You see, there's a person behind that picture. A beautiful, blond haired little girl with shining, soulful eyes, who has been waiting all her life for someone to call her their daughter. She's known life in an orphanage, and perhaps she's known some measure of attention, but has she known love? real love? I doubt it. She's never known what it means to be part of a loving family, or known what it means to be valued.
She's never drawn a picture and watched her mama proudly hang it on the refrigerator for everyone to see.
She's been waiting too long.
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21
Where is your treasure?
Is it in the things of the world, the trinkets that you could buy in a department store, or in a magazine? Is it in the house you own, the car you drive, is it in a bank account somewhere?
I know where mine is.
It's hanging on the refrigerator in my kitchen, a reminder of what really matters, a link to a little girl who desperately needs to come home.
My dear friend Charrissa is hosting a fabulous giveaway to help the Abell family bring Olga and Vanessa home. Among a wealth of wonderful prizes, they are giving away a Macbook Pro valued at $1200...
a $100 Amazon gift card
and an autographed copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks...donated by Ree Drummond herself.
Will you go help ransom Olga and Vanessa? Will you invest in a treasure that is far more precious than silver or gold?
Go HERE to enter the Bringing Home Olga and Vanessa Giveaway. Leave a comment saying Lily sent you, and receive an extra entry.
Where is your treasure?