Mat 25:24 & 25
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, [there] thou hast [that is] thine.
I have many times over the years wondered how to hide a talent versus how to invest it wisely. Jesus does not bother to tell us what the foolish servant's talent was, much less how he could bury it. And one might think that was significant information!
Well, I had a thought last night.
A hidden talent is one invested wholly in one's self.
When God makes you a smart person and you gather doctrines without enriching those around you, when God makes you tender and you find a good wife and family and luxuriate in their glow behind locked doors, when God makes you spiritual, and you while away the hours with Him and bring nothing back for those in need of a sight of the Throne; you have buried your talent. Your talent becomes hidden indeed, because none sees, much less shares and multiplies, the wealth of it.
I'm pretty sure I've had the flip-side of this thought before, but I don't care. It was new all over again last night. If finding old joys new again is a crime, then I'm headed up the river. :-)