My Life as a Red Herring (Day 16) “Reclamation-An addiction to Garage Sales”

I love garage sales, yard sales, flea markets, the-sidewalk-in-front-of-your-house sales. I have really great memories of my Mom and I walking through various people’s yards for that one thing that you didn’t even know you wanted, but somehow absolutely needed. I gladly inherited the passion for spending more in gas on my pursuit of grass laden sales from my Mom.

Probably my favorite thing about garage sales is the slim chance at finding something that you once lost. That GI Joe character you had for a week and it was lost in the backyard. That Soundgarden CD you wish you wouldn’t have burned in that spirit filled CD burning moment in Aquire the Fire.

The bible tells us that God the Father likes garage good sales too…don’t believe me? The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts…” Joel 2:25a I know that’s not exactly what it says but I get the picture of God walking around picking through the crap to find the good and bringing it back to where it was intended to be.

I think the Father is eagerly walking around ready to restore the things we lost along the way: Hope, Trust, Joy, Excitement, Emotions, Love. He purchased the rights (through the cross) to take them back from the garage sale. I know my analogy is a bit of a stretch but it’s still a fun thought…at least in my brain.

Here are some ways He has restored/is restoring what the locusts have eaten/stolen/destroyed in my life:

HOPE- I’m hoping for a job in a way that if I don’t get it, I’ll be disappointed. Hope like this in my opinion is good and I know if I don’t get it I can continue to hope for whatever He has for me next. Ultimately my heart is never at risk with Jesus. He will take care of me no matter what which gives me the ability to hope fully in things like this job

Trust- I’m realizing that because of this last season I’m having to relearn how to trust. People are still people, but again my Heavenly Father is entirely trustworthy. I don’t have to trust everyone, heck scripture even talks about how Jesus didn’t trust everyone (John 2:24), but through loving people like He does, over time I can learn to trust with my heart again. Ultimately I trust my God, which allows me the room and the possibility of trusting other people. I love the possibilities!

Joy- Honestly joy is made possible through remembering how much my Heavenly Dad loves me, that, and taking my daily dose of anti-depression meds.

There is more to go. He will continue to restore the things I didn’t even know where lost in this last season, part of that, I believe, will come in this next season of stepping out of the community I have been in for the last 12 years and stepping into something new.

In the meantime I’ll be burning up the fossil fuels teaching my son’s the amazing beauty that is garage saleing.

Thanks Mom!


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