Come with me to the Swap Meet.
I’ll show you how to find treasure.
Obviously, we’re looking for a bargain.
So, we’re walking up and down the rows of other people’s trash to find a treasure. We’re looking for something we don’t necessarily need but may find useful (somehow/someday).
The thing is if I spot something I think may be useful I will pretend I don’t really want it.
I have a pretty simple negotiating style; it goes something like this:
I’ll pick something up and look it over.
I’ll put it down.
I’ll pick up the thing I really want. Examine it.
Then set it back down.
I’ll ask, “What are you asking for that?”
After the answer, I’ll say, “Thanks.”
I make no counteroffer.
I look at the thing once more and then hesitate, but move on like I’m walking away.
This is often when the haggling starts.
In the end, I sometimes walk away with my bargain.
So then, when I’m convinced I got a bargain, I congratulate myself.
But then after this, I second guess myself.
Did I really get a bargain?
Or, can I appreciate what I bought if it didn’t cost me much?
Maybe what I’m feeling is buyer’s remorse.
You perhaps, like me, have walked through the Swap Meet of living life and educated yourself on what’s available.
You perhaps, like me, picked Jesus because you guessed Jesus was a bargain.
Jesus made sense.
But now you’re second-guessing your Jesus bargain.
Because of circumstances.
Jesus was supposed to be sugar and spice and everything nice.
It seemed he was for a while.
Yet, it isn’t that way now.
Now, my situation makes me wonders if Jesus was a great bargain after all.
I’m thinking this way because I’ve missed the whole truth.
I missed seeing that even Jesus faced conflict after conflict.
Day after day.
Jesus’ life wasn’t sugar and spice and everything nice.
My mistake is not fully comprehending how Jesus benefits me in spite of what I assume I know about my circumstances.
I don’t know, but it could be that my circumstance is preparing me for something more than I ever dreamed possible for me.
Forest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”
Say this is true.
This doesn’t make Jesus less of a bargain.
Jesus is a bargain of priceless treasure.
Jesus is a benefit for all circumstances.
Hopefully, we each find this treasure while wandering the Swap Meet of life.
Two songs from Casting Crowns