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This is the time of year when signs begin to appear in yards. Most are for some kind of sale, (since we don’t have an election looming in the immediate future).

Some of the best stories ever written were those which were overheard and/or swapped, perhaps unintentionally, at garage or yard sales. Maybe the events could not be technically classified as a “garage” or “yard” sales, but in reality, that’s what they were. Remember the phrase, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”? Well, the person who birthed that line probably had been living in the same abode for many years, and knew it was time to move on.

The first garage sale I ever engineered was a delightful time. It also was the last one I ever held. Garage sales in my area attract more customers on the evening before the morning they are scheduled to begin. These shoppers likely are bargain hunters hoping to skim off what they would term the “good stuff” thereby beating everyone else to the “bargains.”

My late husband helped me with that sale. He had so much fun trying to convince customers of the value of our items. I remember wondering how he knew so much about small kitchen stuff, since he always tried to stay out of there, fearing he might be asked to help in meal preparation. By the way, it also was the last sale wherein John was allowed to assist. In the aftermath, we decided our “treasures” would fare better in organizations such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries. This was decided in a bipartisan fashion.

March is the month for the official start of spring. I wonder if it will be on time this year, although I understand the season will come when it wants—not when we want it to appear. However, when the yard sales sprout in our neighborhoods, it's a pretty good sign warm weather is close.

I actually have friends who try to have at least one sale each year. If they fail, they are convinced we must be in the throes of impending apocalypse. Well, maybe we are. What do you think? Do you like sales? I actually do.

The poet/prophet Isaiah reminds us we need to assess our times, and our surroundings: “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old…” (Isa. 43:18). In other words, don’t dwell on past glories or sorrows, but look toward the future and His plans for us, His people.

Or, get the old “keepers” out of the attic, and sell them. Isaiah was speaking to an apprehensive people. New military powers had arisen—much like in our time, and the economy was in chaos. God doesn't choose between a “sale” and a donation to a charity. He tells us to get rid of old stuff in our lives, and to be mindful of His wonders!

We will always have challenges and then, perhaps, some advances, but God wants us to forget the old stuff and trust Him with the problems—we can keep the good. It is helpful to reflect occasionally on our lives and see if we can find new beginnings.

When trying times occur, it seems more natural to ask “Why?” than to say “Thanks.” but we can ask, all the while trusting our caring and capable God. He still tells us to,“Remember not the former things…Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth; do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isa. 6: 18, 19).

Justine Knight was raised in a parsonage and married to a Nazarene minister for more than 50 years.

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