Chasing the wrong treasure

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Driving through Arizona this summer, we stopped at Meteor Crater, and it became quickly clear that it is not a national park.  It’s quirky and consumer focused.  The why came on the tour – the head of the US Geological Division at the turn of the 20th century believed this massive hole was from a volcano.  (Where’s the meteor?  Turns out scientists later understood that meteors mostly evaporate on impact.)


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So the land was up for private ownership and mining company owner, Daniel Barringer, purchased it.  He spent the next 27 years and his wealth digging for the iron deposits he believed were present.  He never found the “mother lode” he hoped for.

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But it turns out this massive hole has been a rich source of meteor impact knowledge; the tourist business brings in “treasure” to Barringer’s heirs, and astronauts have trained here for moon visits.

Barringer spent his life chasing the wrong treasure.  After visiting, I spent the next few days considering what am I chasing in life?  Is this the “right” treasure?

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:21


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