I’ve got a new guilty pleasure. I’ve begun watching the History Channel series, “The Curse of Oak Island”. The show is in its sixth season, so I have some catching up to do, but now that the holidays are over, I’m enjoying doing a little binge watching.
Basically, the show is about the Lagina brothers, Rick and Marty, who along with several partners, (“The Fellowship of the Dig”, as they are called), are on a quest to find hidden treasure buried beneath Oak Island, Nova Scotia.
The Oak Island story began over 200 years ago, when 3 teenagers were drawn to the island by mysterious lights. When they arrived on the island they noticed a circular depression in the ground by a tree from which they saw a dangling pulley. Knowing that this was an area frequented by pirates, they began the first dig for buried treasure. From there the history is a little murky, (as with any good mystery), but men have been searching for treasure on Oak Island ever since.
Theories abound about what the actual treasure could be. Everything from the lost manuscripts of William Shakespeare to the crown jewels of France to the ark of the covenant and the menorah from Solomon’s temple. While on the surface, some of these ideas seem at the minimum improbable and at the most a little kooky, the reality is that at least six people have already lost their lives in the quest. It’s serious business.
For me, while I am intrigued by the treasure, and being a history lover, I’m enjoying finding out more about the time period surrounding the mystery, what really has drawn me in is the relationship between the Lagina brothers. These two brothers couldn’t be any more different in temperament: Rick, the oldest, is the dreamer, the romantic, the one who has whole-heartedly believed the story since he read about it in an article in Reader’s Digest back in the day and Marty, the younger, is the “show me the data” guy, the engineer, the “skeptic-in-chief”. You may think that such differing perspectives would cause friction and certainly disagreement, and could lead to the dissolution of the “fellowship”, but actually, it has had the opposite effect. Over and over, Rick and Marty have demonstrated their love for each other and for those in the Oak Island “family”. Their familial bond has served to strengthen the fellowship and that in turn, has strengthened those with whom they have contact. For me, this is the treasure of Oak Island and worth more than anything that has been buried.
The Lagina’s quest has reminded me of my own quest for treasure. When I first put spade to dirt almost two years ago by starting the New Direction Weight Loss Program®, I believed that my treasure would come in the form of numbers on a scale. As I dug down to the harder soil, the packed down earth of life where emotions go to hide in the bedrock of failure and fear, I have discovered that those numbers on the scale were a mere pittance of the treasure that I’ve uncovered.
While on my quest, I’ve encountered others who were on a similar hunt. We joined together and bonded into our own fellowship, “The Fellowship of the Lean”. We have jumped into the “hole”, getting our hands dirty by lifting each other up, praying for one another, cheering each other on, supporting each other through difficult times and refusing to give up the quest. This bond of friendship has been a source of strength and certainly has been part of my treasure.
Discovering hidden talents, and participating in activities that I never thought possible like writing this blog, speaking to various groups, publishing a book, hiking, biking and kayaking are unquestionably part of my treasure trove.
Perhaps the most abundant treasure came in the form of a deeper appreciate and understanding of God’s love for me. Like a map with “x” marking the spot, God has led me to a wonderful destination filled with hope, and faith, and adventure. Having a deeper relationship with Him has been the greatest treasure of all.
If you’re on a quest like me, and you’d like to be a part of the Fellowship, I’d encourage you to join the Through Thick and Thin Discussion Group on Facebook. This is a closed group, so only those who are part of the group can view what is posted. I hope you’ll join in the conversation by posting your own experiences, questions, tips and suggestions. Who knows what treasure you’ll discover!
Surgery Update: The arm lift surgery that I had back in November went really well and I’ve healed enough that I’m scheduled for the next procedure this week. Surgery #3 will be a leg lift. As with my other surgeries, I’ll be posting some pre-op/post-op tips about it in the future. In the meantime, I appreciate all of your well wishes and prayers!