I think thrift shopping is our modern answer to treasure hunting. I love walking through a great thrift store searching for hidden gems that have gone undiscovered by the masses. Somehow I feel as if I am doing some good by giving purpose to an article of clothing that had been discarded by its previous owner as past its prime. A rebirth. A repurposing.
On this particular rainy day we were out for just that. Our goal was to liberate tired old work clothes that had seen their heyday in the late 80’s/early 90’s. We each selected the items that called to us, got changed, drove out to the sea, and frolliced real hard. For hours, we just played. We whooped and hollered. We splashed and wrestled.
Play doesn’t make worries go away. Just like drinking doesn’t cause your worries to drown. Worries know how to swim, wait, linger. But what does it look like to trust God in the middle of the storm? What does it look like to approach troubles with joy? Often I worry during the storm despite my profession of faith. Then seasons afterwards I see the clear fruit God’s faithfulness and guidance which leads to “trust.” Yet when the next storm hits, I worry again. If God doesn’t change, then what needs to change in our patterns so we might truly find joy in the midst of troubles? What would it take for you to splash in the puddles as the rain still falls?
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
What spiritual practices would cultivate joy during trials?
How can you bring joy to others who are in the storm?