This outfit is fun for me because of the wicker bag I’m carrying. So often on blogs and in society, we’re looking for the next new thing (like these shoes). But every once in a while it’s fun to find something old instead of something new.
I was in the Plaza district in Oklahoma City several months ago and went into a thrift store called Bad Granny’s Bazaar. It’s one of my favorite spots in the Plaza, actually! I was with my roommate and we were just wandering around on a cool, early fall evening. I’m the type of person that thinks I’ll find a hidden gem in the thrift store if I look hard enough. This night, that definitely was the case!
I got a beautiful tray that I Instagrammed here, and the wicker bag I’m sharing today at the Bad Granny’s Bazaar (You can shop more wicker bags below!). Who ever would have thought? There’s nothing–nothing–better than a hidden gem. Like a crazy person, or a daydreamer depending on how you frame it, I wonder about the person or people that had it before I did. Did they get it as a gift? Was it passed down? Why did they get rid of it?
There’s something fun and rather enchanting about not knowing the whole story. More than likely it was a really normal story–like my pink wedges will be. One day I’ll get rid of them and maybe the next owner will wonder who I was. She’ll wonder where those chunky but very comfortable shoes took me. It’s still early, but those wedges have seen the streets of Oklahoma City and will soon see the ocean and maybe a dance floor.
We easily forget how everyone has a story. Everyone. And everyone matters to God. What could be a rather controversial take, but is true is that even people who have committed horrendous crimes matter to God. The person who sold my wicker clutch to the Bad Grannys (lol) has a story that God cares about. Christ longs for us to open our hearts to Him and let Him in on our story. That’s something I’m trying to be better at. I want to share my heart with Christ like He has shared His with me in the Word. I want to spend less time asking questions and demanding answers from God because I want to enjoy the journey and the story. I want to be a person who longs to know others’ stories and has the courage to ask. With Christ all these wants can become reality.
I’m really thankful for this life that is written by a God who is old and new all at once. He’s the beginning and the end. Older than old and so far in the future he’s newer than new. He’s the God that I get to go on this journey with. I get to experience every day as a new adventure with a tried and true travel buddy that has the map memorized.
I hope you are inspired on this Tuesday to go buy the pink shoes and sift around the thrift store for your own unexpected treasure. Maybe take God with you on this little journey and let Him show you what He can do with the old and new of your life story. Or ask Him to grow your heart for knowing others’ stories. As for me, I think I’m going to plan a trip back to the Bad Granny’s Bazaar here before too long and just wander around dreaming of the story behind each little knick knack on the shelves. New is nice, but sometimes it’s fun to find something with a little character–pun intended.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.