"The kingdom of heave is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."  Matthew 13:44

The first time I saw a field of cotton here I was excited.  It's the closest you get to the image of snow staying on the ground and it is stunningly beautiful.  It was like a hidden treasure in field after field.  I think I took ten pictures of fields of cotton.  It was something new to me I had never seen it in my life.

Jesus speaks in parables today about finding the kingdom of God and the treasure of it.  It moves us to do crazy things.  Who would hide it and then sell everything to buy the field back?  It just hits us with the craziness of it.  The kingdom of God is like this though.  When we find it or run into it we want that encounter again and again.  Because the kingdom of God does not have fences, neither is it easy to run into.  It doesn't require of set of rules in order to encounter it.  What it does ask of us is to buy the field. 

We need to be just a little crazy, a little wanting, a little desperate because this is what brings us to the encounter.  When we lavish God's love in little ways on others we run into the kingdom of God.  When we help people or give a smile to someone we are helping along the kingdom of God.  When we bite our tongue and take someone else's frustration of the day we are running headlong into the kingdom of God.  Because the kingdom of God is about God's lavish grace, God's forgiveness, and the treasures of the heart that are not valued in this world.  The kingdom of God requires us to risk in craziness so we might find it.