Treasures of Darkness

Isaiah 45:3

3 I will give you the treasures of darkness,
riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the LORD,
the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the mind bending, neuro-circuit-blowing film, Inception:

If you haven’t experienced this film and spent the ride home + the next two hours discussing the film with your son-in-law like I did, let me just say it’s based on an unexplained technology that enables someone to invade the dreams of another in order to influence critical decisions.  Leonardo Di Caprio plays the tortured protagonist who agrees to recruit the expert team that will join him in extraordinary task of venturing “4 levels down” into the dreams of corporate executive.

In the course of his journey, Di Caprio intertwines his own dreams into the experience and, as a result, faces his most dreaded, and “buried” fear.  By facing that fear he’s able to free himself from self-torture and pain that resulting from a poor decision years prior.

My close friend, Dr. Bert Chandler, enjoys a reputation as one of the most highly regarded Pain Management Specialists in the country.  Icon medical organizations like Medtronic pursue him to participate on their advisory boards.   He is innovative, passionate and brilliant in his ability to diagnose and treat chronic pain.  According to a Time Magazine article several years ago, Pain Management has a reputation more for “Narcotic Management” rather than productive therapy.  My friend often sees patients who come to him with a long history of drug dependency inflicted by physicians who were satisfied to scribble a non legible prescription for Vicodin or Oxycontin.

Often Bert’s diagnostic “radar” alerts him to a possible hidden pain that his patient has buried.  He looks at the x-ray, looks back to the patient and asks, “Is there something you’re not telling me?”  More often than not, tears flow and the patient describes a tragic hurt inflicted years prior that disguised itself as chronic physical pain.  The revelation by the patient often results in the release from the pain they so long endured.

Is there a connection between the “treasures of darkness, hidden in secret places” and the buried pain so many experience?  Is the revelation of that pain in itself the treasure to release the treasure seeker from bondage?  If it is, even in isolated cases, then it is treasure trove indeed.

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