Every year that we have been to Alaska for fishing on the might Kenai River we have met at least one notable person. July into August 2016 was not an exception. We arrived at the Anchorage Airport from the cabin in Kenai and had eight hours before our flight. This is not an unusual occurrence with the limited flight schedules in and out of Anchorage to Tampa and Orlando airports. We usually dread the wait but this year proved to be different.
There was a man who saw Barbara cleaning her camera equipment and he asked what type of photography she had done in Alaska. The conversation grew from one subject to another and lasted for approximately three hours.
I remember talking with him, he told me of his adventures in Alaska and he shared some beautiful bear videos. He also showed me a video and told me a story about a gold mine that is not in Alaska and I will not divulge the location. This particular gold mine operation is over 100 years old as of the time of this writing. The story was most interesting and it was not just a “yarn” there was video recently made that backed up the story.
Over 100 years ago there was a family that discovered gold on their land. The area was very remote and very rugged. There was no mechanized machinery, no electricity and no gasoline or powered vehicles, work and travel was one on foot or horse back with pick and shovel. The family dug the mine shaft and began removing the rock that contained gold. An avalanche occurred that killed at least one of the family members. The head of the family made the decision that the mining operation would be shut down and the family left the area and went back home. There were rocks containing gold in burlap bags that were left behind.
Over a hundred years later one of the relatives of the original miners researched and through legal channels had ownership of the claim. The mine shaft was not accessible by foot, horseback, or vehicle. The only method of reaching the site was by helicopter.
A surveyor was hired and was taken to the site by helicopter. The original shaft was found and a new opening was made into the original shaft. The surveyor returned to the owner and told him of burlap bags of rock containing gold encased in what was now solid ice over one hundred years old. The burlap had been preserved but the bags were not removable because they were incased in ice.
The owner acquired with great caution a helicopter pilot, an assistant and a video professional to make a trip to the site. A generator provided electric power that could drive an electrical jack hammer. The burlap bags were chiseled out of the ice, collected and air lifted to an assay facility. The only way in and out of the site was by helicopter. Great treasure was concealed in those burlap bags encased safely in ice. No doubt the site contained much more gold that had not been mined. The story brought numerous points about the treasure that lay trapped by ice.
Someone died in trying to mine the gold.
Someone could not bear the pain of one dying while trying to make a fortune and abandoned the task.
There was only one way to reach the treasure after 100 years, which was a helicopter.
Someone was now taking the risk of recovering the treasure over 100 years later.
The truth, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest of treasures.
Jesus and many others have died in efforts to share the Gospel and to bring it to the lost.
There is only one way to obtain the truth, the Gospel, the greatest of treasures and that is through Jesus Christ.
Just as the gold has been preserved in burlap bags for over a hundred years the Gospel is preserved for eternity for those seeking the treasure. Finding the truth takes effort, just as removing the gold treasure from ice over a hundred years old requires effort.
Any gold that is refined from the rocks in the burlap bags will one day be burned up no matter how precious an item has been crafted from the gold. Remember,The Gospel, the Truth will never vanish or be consumed by fire, the Word is eternal.