Look what I found!

The car was built in May 1937 and originally owned by the first president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, a winner of the 24 hour Le Mans race. Its second owner was an English orthopedic surgeon who bought it in 1955. He kept the rare vehicle parked in his garage since the early 1960’s. The automobile had not been driven in five decades. The doctor died in 2007. While settling his estate, the car was discovered in the garage – a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe – on January 2, 2009. A month later, the car sold at a Paris auction for $4.4 million.

Makes you want to take another look in your garage, right? How about the attic of your grandparents? Look under your bed and in your closets. Surely there is something really valuable tucked away just waiting to be discovered.

Some of us have undiscovered treasure in our lives. It might be a relationship we have never pursued or a talent we haven’t developed. It might be a passion that is yet to be lit. It might be a calling we haven’t followed.

I’m not going to find a rare, pricy car in my garage. I’ve looked. However, I can find moments and opportunities and challenges where God can reveal what really matters. I can discover true treasure that has eternal value.

Open my eyes, my heart, my spirit, Lord!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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