Michael Bausch tells about archaeologist Howard Carter. In 1922, Carter was completing nearly 15 years of digging in the famous Valley of the Kings in Egypt. He was hoping to find the royal tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen. Having found nothing, his days of digging were coming to an end. Money was running out rapidly. Then workers discovered 16 stairs leading into the earth. Thousands of baskets filled with rocks and sand had to be carried away, but eventually a door was found at the end of a long passageway.

Carter drilled a small hole in the door and stuck an iron-testing rod into a dark, blank space. He then inserted a candle into the hole and peered into it. As his eyes grew accustomed to the light, details emerged. He saw strange animals, statues and everywhere the glint of gold.

He wrote of that moment, "For the moment, I was struck dumb with amazement." A partner asked, "Can you see anything?" Carter's reply was, "Yes, wonderful things." (eSermons.com newsletter)

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