The Peculiar Treasure of the Saints

bottle-on-beach  Fifty-five year old Jack Wurm had reached the depths of despair and depression.

He had failed in business, and was killing time walking along a California beach.

As he walked through the sand, he saw a half-hidden bottle with something in it. He kicked the bottle idly, and then stopped to examine it.

A note was inside, so he broke it open and read,

“To avoid confusion, I leave my entire estate to the lucky person who finds this bottle, and to my attorney, Barry Cohen, share and share alike. Daisy Alexander. June 20, 1937.”

The name Daisy Alexander did not mean anything to Jack Wurm, so he passed if off as some sort of joke.However, later, he learned Daisy Alexander was heiress to the vast Singer Sewing Machine fortune, and if he could prove the validity of the note, he would be entitled to half of her 12-million-dollar fortune.

Research revealed Daisy Singer Alexander was an eccentric who lived in England.

"She often tossed bottles into the water, wondering where they went.

She died at 81, in 1939, leaving no final will".

Wurm claimed the fortune, and the case began to wend its way through the complicated court procedures.I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord

An ocean-current expert testified that a bottle dropped in the Thames River could wash to the English Channel, then to the North Pacific, and end up in either California or Mexico. He said the journey would take approximately 12 years. In actuality, it took 11 ¾ years.

Jack Wurm had found a fortune in a bottle!

God promised, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

The last phrase literally means

“to give you what you have longed for.”

“The Divine promises are the peculiar treasure of the saints, for the substance of faith’s inheritance is wrapped up in them.”

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  1. Charles R. Hembree, Fruits Of The Spirit, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI., Copyright 1969, pp. 125 – 126.
  2. David Wilkerson Article, “The Lord Has Promised To Deliver You,” World Challenge Pulpit Series, Times Square Church, New York, NY., April 10, 2006, p. 3.
  3. Arthur W. Pink, Gleanings In Joshua, Moody Press, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Copyright 1964, p. 392.