All That Glitters is Not Gold

All that is glitter is not gold,

Not all that shines bright is worth the fight.

Not all that has luster in the bright evening sun is all that it seems,

And at the end of the day, the one thing that you thought shined like gold will become boring, dull, and stale as the thrill of it fades away. It is like a party with confetti on the ground as the lingering loneliness peers into your soul. All the people have left and only  thing that resides is a mess that one has to clean. Oh, but how that party was thriving and full of velocity as people danced and carried on with laughter and cheer, but now you sit in an empty ball room with confetti to only fill your empty thoughts.

“All that is glitter is not gold,” is what my mother would tell me as a child as my child eyes was in search of the biggest candy bar that my hands could hold, and yet many who are grown are still enslaved to the glitter without realizing it. Does it captivate your heart? Does it vile for you attention? Do you dedicate hours of your time to that said thing as you think it could do “no wrong?” Well, though it seems to be a happily ever after right now, the sparkle will go away and they, or it, will become nothing more than a dull reminder of how you chased the gold rather than the substance, for if you don’t place them or the thing in Christ, it shall never last. 

Gold; something in liking to what Judas betrayed Jesus over due to being captivated by such a shiny and glittery thing. How could Judas, who saw that very miracles of the Lord, betray Jesus over something that shines? Oh, but how such atrocities happens even today. How can a man leave his wife for someone “younger?” How can a person gamble their money away due to simple flashing lights of casinos, and how can a person truly find things that glitter as worth risking it all for when it becomes dull when the party ends?

Confetti on the ground and a unfulfilled heart; that is all you truly have, and that’s the danger of place hope in “all that glitters,” for it places a joy that is never lasting.

You seek things, people, and luster to be your contentment in the broken heart of yours. You tell yourself that this person will make you happy due to them shining like gold, and you truly feel those feelings of “happiness” due to the glitter, but they will go away, and what will you be left with? Feelings of dread as you look at the person you once fawned for. Feelings of dismay when you realize that you gave up the very things that you took for granted for the cheap shine that only lasted a little while.

Guilt.

Pain.

Regret.

Those will all be feelings that you will soon feel if you go after the shine, after the ‘feelings,” and after the game of “all that glitters,” for you didn’t seek Christ, and when we don’t seek Christ, we ultimately are seeking our own destruction. You can seek all of the people in the world, you can jump from one person to another, and you can throw party after party in seek of the luster and shine in which you seek, but you will never find it forever, for it will never be good enough. As the lights fade and the glitter dims, you will be onto the next adventure of seeking the glitter and the shine, and that’s not how it’s supposed to be, for only Christ should be the one in which your heart fully seeks, for everything else fades away.

Christ is the only one who shall never fade away, and yet He stepped down from His throne not as a rich man lavished in gold and riches, but as a humble servant who died so that we could live. The Lord, the most precious one we could ever have within our lives, didn’t “shine” like gold when He was on earth, which is why so many will not see the treasure in the field, for they are ever so enchanted by the glitter, that they forget of the treasure found in Christ alone.

On the contrary, following Christ is not to be done for the streets of gold or the lavish things that heaven pertains, for even if such heaven didn’t exist, being in HIS presence is heaven in itself; therefore, the need of gold and luster should not be our hearts desire or else Judas will be our future, for when one chases two things, they end up losing the one that means the most.

Oh, all that is glitter is not gold,

The suffering and bloodshed of Christ was far from “beautiful” in the sense of glittery things, but it was rather gruesome, barbaric, and an act of pure horror on a man who was ever so innocent, but ever so God at the same time. The Lord, holy and worthy in every sense of His righteousness, was beaten to the point of being unrecognizable of who He was as He preformed miracles, His skin was torn to the point of being raw and difficult to look at, and His majesty was mocked as a crown of thrones was placed upon His head as it pierced His skull in agony.

His death wasn’t “full of glitter, shine, and confetti,” but it is the greatest love story to ever be told, for from that same gruesome bloodshed, salvation was birthed for all to have, receive, and take hold to as they had a hope in Him and His everlasting name. Therefore, to those enthralled with the glitter of their current situation, why are you running?

Why do you seek fulfillment and contentment above Christ? Don’t you know that those things will fade and lose beauty? The very things in which you hold dear will eventually become dull things in which you wonder where the beauty went. Where did the shine go? The beauty? The glitter? The thing was, was the it wasn’t forever, nor is your love or devotion, for your devotion and love to a spouse, child, or person can only be permanent if you first love Him as your full source of full contentment.

When you seek the glitter, your devotion and love only lasts for a short time, for your heart is starved for true love; a love that you place as second in seeks of a love that brings “all the glitter and feelings.” You seek to find satisfaction in people, things, and seasons which is why you find yourself empty in every which way.

All that is glitter is not gold,, and one day, you are going to be so bed ridden with the emptiness within your heart that the loneliness of the night will feel as if it mocking you as the walls cave in. Every person, thing, and “gold speck” that you placed above the Lord will turn to thorns as it hovers over you like a heavy weight, and the only thing you will be able to do is cry out, “Why am I so empty? I had all of these things.”

You had things, but you didn’t have treasure, for if you had true treasure, you wouldn’t be lacking fulfillment in your heart. As you went about your life, you left the one who could give you all that you could ever ask for; Jesus. Jesus did not have to “sparkle” like glitter to give us everlasting life, and yet we seek the glitter of temporary pleasure, for finding it in something so simple as a field seems odd when you can see the splendor across the street.

No, I am not saying that marriage, children, and important things are wrong, for they are ever so beautiful in the eyes of the Lord, and as a young woman who prays to be a wife and a mom, I would never allow any ill words to escape my lips about marriage or children. However, even such things cannot bring full satisfaction to your heart, and if you do not find full treasure in Christ and Christ alone as you make Him the foundation in such beautiful things, then anything you place above Him will fall.

The truth is, is that true beauty and true treasure is not found in what catches your eye, but it is found in the bare field with nothing to offer to the naked eye, and yet it has all to offer in eternity, and yet you run from Him in search of the temporary field that will burn ablaze as all things fade away.

To the one seeking the glitter and the gold, stop running from the Lord, for that is what your soul is doing. You are in a constant cycle of seeking gold that shall never last, but if you find full fulfillment and contentment in the Lord and His grace, you shall never thirst again as He seeks residence in every place of your heart.

The Lord is able to be your portion, but you must place down your appetite for continuously glittering things.

The Lord is able to fulfill you in ways that nothing else ever could, but you must be the one to stop running.

The Lord is able to show you that there is more beauty in His name, but you must stop seeking the artificial beauty that you have been seeking all of this time.

The Lord is worth more than having people who only seek Him with half a heart; therefore, you must choose. Do you choose “all that glitters” or do you choose Him, for you cannot have both. You cannot have artificial beauty at the same time as having the Lord, for one contradicts the other in various ways. If only you could see the beauty in the Lord, if only you had more faith in what He could do, and if only you would unbar the door in which you have refused to let Him have entry too, you would see the true beauty in His name.

You can stop running now and you can open the door, for He might not be the “glitter” as the world has, but He has the Living Water for your soul that will make you well-watered. He might not be as “lavished” as others may be when He walked the earth, but He will bring you comfort and peace that is never-ending. He might not have the “luster” that many had when He died for us, but He loved in a way that no other person could, for He was the one who first loved.

Therefore, not all that glitters is gold, and I hope you find that out before the party ends, before the confetti hits the ground, and before the music ceases, for what will you do when you stand before the throne of God with nothing more than discarded confetti and a broken heart?

Oh, dear friend, not all that glitter is gold, so don’t lose the One in search of other things.

“Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”” John 4:10-14

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36-37

 

2 thoughts on “All That Glitters is Not Gold

  1. This is so beautifully put! Wow, really spoke to me in a season of fighting for gratitude.
    This reminds me of a post I recently wrote, an unfiltered prayer on my battle for contentment. God used your words to speak to me today, friend💕

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, and I am so glad it touched you! Fighting for gratitude can be hard at times, but His grace is always there to tenderly guide us back to His presence even when the road we walk is hard at times. God bless you and thank you for reading! (I’ll have to check out your post sometime as well!) 🙂

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