The Clarity of Thrift Store China

Spring Break means that I had a half day on Thursday so I had  few hours to spare before work. My mom and I ended up going to get lunch at my favorite place to eat, a little family owned creperie on Main Street.

While the sweet owner made our crepes, my mom and I took a walk to the church thrift store not too far down the street just to look around and do some window shopping. We weren’t planning on actually getting anything, but we ended up finding something so special.

I saw a big set of china on one of the shelves. Not your regular flowerey-antiquey china (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but rather it was this elegant, minimalistic, beautifully painted set that I couldn’t take my eyes off of. As soon as I saw this china I saw an image of my future family sitting around the table for Easter dinner with these dishes meticulously set at each place. I could see myself washing the dishes after dinner with people I love milling around. I could see my little dining room hutch displaying these dishes and reminding me of the special times they symbolize.

The focus on these scenes wasn’t on the china; it was on the people, the family, the home, the life that I could catch a glimpse of as my mom and I bought the china set that’s going to be tucked away in the attic until one day I get my own house.

I get so caught up in the details, the difficulties, and the hang-ups that I am experiencing/may experience in the future. I worry about what I’m going to grow up to do, to be, where I’m going to go to college, where I’m going to live, etc.

Buying some china was what it took for me to realize that I’ve blinded myself to the potential, the possibilities, and the hope that my life holds. I choose the confusion of deliberating about major life decisions rather than the clarity of “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).

So when I get caught up in the weeds of unnecessary worry, I now have some lovely teacups to remind me of God’s authority over my life, His power to control every situation, and His promise to work all things out for my good.


Still overcoming,


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