Have you ever been on a beach and seen all the seashells that have washed up on the shore? Some are shattered into pieces, broken apart by the sea. Others remain whole with a few blemishes here and there.

These “treasures on the sand” are like us, some broken; others whole, yet scarred. Whether it is a chronic illness, a haunting trauma, or some other form of persecution, we can be encouraged that we are still a magnificent jewel that is being refined every single day.

When I was fifteen, I found myself unexpectedly battered by life’s waves when I began to have pain in my chest. Over the course of two years, it spread to every inch of my body. Imagine the worst pain you have felt in your life, multiply it by two, then take it and place it all over your body, head to toe.

That has been my daily battle.

In order to cope with it all, I began to delve into one of my beloved past times, writing. I started the blog, Treasures On The Sand, as a means of not only trying to encourage others fighting the same battle, but to act as a mirror for myself, giving me words I needed to hear in order to keep it going.

I was officially diagnosed with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS, in 2018, five years after the fact. After going to twenty or so different medical specialists, I was starting to lose hope, thinking that my life was over.

It was only the beginning of it.

During the last two years of my journey with CRPS, the Lord has been working on my heart, molding me into the instrument He wishes me to be. In the Spring of 2019, I began writing songs He inspired me to write, songs of encouragement that pointed to the one beacon of hope that helped me out of the pit: Faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Since then, I, through the Lord’s strength and leading, continue to encourage other warriors through word and song, pointing them to Christ as our ultimate Savior.

So, no matter where you are on your journey, whether your just starting out or have been on the road many years, I hope you find the encouragement you need in order to continue forward and fight the battles you face ahead.

The Lord bless you and keep you,

Gabriel King, Blog Author and Songwriter, Lead Vocalist and Guitarist for Book of Job