“Today’s the day!”
Mel Fisher (August 21, 1922 – December 19, 1998) was an American treasure hunter best known for finding the 1622 wreck of the Spanishgalleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha named after a shrine in Madrid for protection. He discovered the wreck July 20, 1985. The estimated $450 million cache recovered, known as “The Atocha Motherlode,” included 40 tons of gold and silver; there were some 114,000 of the Spanish silver coins known as “pieces of eight“, gold coins, Colombian emeralds, gold and silver artifacts, and 1000 silver bars. Large as it was, this was only roughly half of the treasure that went down with the Atocha. The wealthiest part of the ship, the stern castle, is yet to be found. Still missing are 300 silver bars and 8 bronze cannons, among other things.
Mel was determined based on conviction that HE was going to find the Atocha. For years and years he searched Florida waters looking for the shipwreck. Every morning before he would venture out he would claim, “Today’s the day!”
Fisher was an Indiana-born former chicken farmer who eventually moved to California and opened the first diving shop in the state. He attended Purdue University and was a member of The Delta Chi Fraternity. In 1953, he married Dolores Horton who became his business partner.
SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM
Mel was really on to something you know, more than just gold. His drive, passion, and ambition are all notable qualities and so was his expectation, persistence and determination. While it is true that he had a 450 million+ booty to look forward to, how many people do you know will stick with something and see it through to manifestation? Not many! Even after undergoing tragedy (on July 13, 1975 Mel’s oldest son Dirk, his wife Angel, and diver Rick Gage died after their boat capsized during their quest for treasure), he maintained the course and ten years later found the Atocha.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt 6:33
Most Christians feel guilty expecting a daily treasure. As I was thinking about Mel and the Atocha, I began thinking that as soon as he found his treasure his WHOLE life would have gone from “Today’s the day” to “Yesterday was the day”… etc. What a pity! I can not imagine going through my life looking for something HUGE, then finding it, and having it be found forever. I would rather go to God daily for refreshment and a new found direction. That is why Christianity is so important to be taught to others from a relationship stance. Religion says “I found God”, a relationship with God says, “I am finding God daily.”
I hope that you know that entering into a relationship with Christ isn’t a hunt-and-peck soft of game. He is ALWAYS right where we are when we go to Him, but the key is that we must GO TO HIM. Those who practice religion find Him once, maybe thank Him, then go about their business. A relationship looks to Christ as being new every morning, and just as you wake up OVERJOYED on your honeymoon- everyday with Christ is a honeymoon.
The Kingdom of God in this parable, is our Atocha. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. Luke 12:33 God has everything for us; health, finances, relationships, spiritual and physical wholeness. God is our treasure trove of everything we could ever want or need. My question is: Did you go about your day today LOOKING for your miracle?
For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he . Proverbs 23:7
I CAN SEE IT! TODAY’S THE DAY!
I believe what we are called to do is to look at our lives through “God colored glasses”. The Message Version calls it: God-Reality, God-Initiative, and God-Provision. Looking daily for your miracle to manifest isn’t “claiming it till you make it” it is redefining your point of view from one way of looking at things to another. What you used to see as broken, suddenly is fixable. What you used to hunger for, you become full. What you used to think could only happen one way, can now happen differently. In reality, what we are saying isn’t changing anything in the physical (not at first), but what choose to SEE right away changes everything! (I can’t SAY pink elephant and manifest one immediately, but if I put on pink sunshades and look through them, I will soon say “PINK ELEPHANT!”)
MIRACLE! BREAKTHROUGH! PEACE! LOVE! JOY! WHOLENESS! I pray that from today on, these types of filters, these GOD filters (all of which were designed by and from God ) WILL be our new lenses!
From this day forward I will choose to:
- SEE ONLY WHAT GOD DESIRES ME TO SEE
- LOOK FOR THE MIRACULOUS IN THE MUNDANE
- SPEAK THAT “TODAY IS THE DAY I FIND MY TREASURE”, AND UNDERSTAND MY TREASURE CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN HIM
AN OUTSTANDING LIFE
As we go against the norm, we will rise above mediocrity. But learning methods and formulas for success will only get you so far. Living an OUTSTANDING life, means that you as a believer, will not only know the HOW-TO’S of success but you will also be able to be led by The Spirit in which direction to go. Mel Fisher found the Atocha in Florida (where he was looking), NOT in Peru where he wasn’t looking. The Holy Spirit WILL guide you toward an OUTSTANDING life, we all just need to begin seeing and expecting it!
God bless you my friends as you go about your day today seeking the miraculous manifestation of God Himself reflected and presented right in front of you. Can we see God? YES! He is all around you! If you are BREATHING -it’s a miracle. If you are walking- it’s a miracle. If you have eaten today -it’s a miracle. If you drove anywhere today and got home safely -it’s a miracle. BLESS you as you begin to see EVERYTHING with a new shade of glass, and may the Lord direct you in ALL of your ways!
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