Unless you subscribe to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, you probably missed the story that was in the May 17, 1987
A rock hound named Rob Cutshaw owns a little roadside shop outside Andrews, North Carolina. Like many in the trade, he
hunts for rocks, then sells them to collectors or jewelry makers. He knows enough about rocks to decide which to pick up and sell,
but he's no expert. He leaves the appraising of his rocks to other people. As much as he enjoys the work, it doesn't always
pay the bills. He occasionally moonlights, cutting wood to help put bread on the table.
While on a dig twenty years ago, Rob found a rock he described as "purdy and big." He tried unsuccessfully to sell
the specimen, and according to the Constitution, kept the rock under his bed or in his closet. He guessed the blue chunk could
bring as much as $500 dollars, but he would have taken less if something urgent came up like paying his power bill.
That's how close Rob came to hawking for a few hundred dollars what turned out to be the largest, most valuable sapphire
ever found. The blue rock that Rob had abandoned to the darkness of a closet two decades ago -- now known as "The Star of David"
sapphire -- weighs nearly a pound, and could easily sell for $2.75 million.
John MacArthur, Grace to You Newsletter, April
The body of David Livingstone was buried in England where he was born, but his heart was buried in the Africa he loved. At the
foot of a tall tree in a small African village the natives dug a hole and placed in it the heart of this man who they loved and
respected. If your heart were to be buried in the place you loved most during life, where would it be? In your pocketbook? In an
appropriate space down at the office? Where is your heart?
One of the better known treasure hunts in modern times is the quest to find the rumored wealth known as the "Beale treasure."
The hunt began when an eccentric man, who left the East for the gold and silver mines of the West, returned home, supposedly hid
a vast amount of wealth, then disappeared forever. All he left behind were several messages written in a mysterious code. One
of those messages when deciphered told of the treasure and its approximate location. The other documents, then, would narrow
down the site. Since the Beale documents first came to light, thousands of man-hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars have
been spent attempting to break the codes and find the legendary treasure.
Today in the Word, MBI, December, 1989, p. 14.