Treasures in the Darkness. Gratitude over Grumbling

Jon Acton
9 min readFeb 24, 2024

Treasures in the Darkness

A recent church sermon left such a positive mark on my mind and heart that I felt the need to share. There is a small church nestled in a bedroom community called the Vineyard Church in Brownsburg Indiana. A powerful message was delivered by a mighty but small in stature, Pastor Gwen Roy. Pastor Gwen, the wife of Pastor Dennis calmly delivered a thought provoking message about having gratitude over grumbling. Without getting too deep into the religious weeds (which I am woefully unqualified to comment) the parallel was made of the Israelites being rescued from Egypt but quickly “grumbling” about being tired, thirsty and hungry during their miraculous escape. Basically, they said, “Hey God, thanks for parting the Red Sea and all, but where’s the air conditioning, Gatorade and Cheetos?

I have replayed Pastor Gwen’s message over and over because without any hesitation I have absolutely grumbled when I should have been grateful. I have failed to see the “Treasures in the Darkness.” I don’t think I am the only person who fails to see the good in otherwise difficult situations. Between human nature, movies, songs, social media and who knows what else, we are repeatedly shown how unfair life can be. Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook can flood us with messages about how we deserve better in our relationships, our families, our work. It’s about me, it’s about my feelings and letting the world know how I/we have been treated unfairly, unjustly, unsomethingly. (yes, I just made up that word, but I deserve to be happy and I can make up any words I want :) You get the idea…

Somehow we have become a society where we don’t have time to look for the good in the bad. I need the good right now. I deserve the good right now. I don’t have time to be thankful for anything good that has already happened in my life because I deserve more. I deserve to be perpetually happy and if I am not happy, it is my right to complain, bitch, moan or grumble like an Egyptian. (a pseudo reference to any and all 80’s Bangles fan)

Or is it really my right to deserve more? How many treasures have I missed in my lifetime because I focused on the grumbling instead of the gratitude? I am embarrassed at how staggering that number actually is when all the missed Treasures in the Darkness are added up. How many have YOU missed? It’s easy to focus on the negatives, to grumble about the difficult times. A football team can go 14 and 1 and what question…

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Jon Acton

Husband, Father, Former School Superintendent, National Blue Ribbon School Principal, Teacher, Coach, Author in progress