From trinkets to treasures

th-2Marti had an idea for the Catch today that I had second thoughts about until I found that my Old Testament passage for this morning included this:

The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece. (Exodus 25:1-7)

You see, this weekend is our son’s birthday and we’re having a few of his friends over to celebrate, and Marti, Queen of Events, wants to organize an old fashioned team treasure hunt in the neighborhood with a Grand Prize for the winners. And right now, those of you who know about our family are thinking Chandler. Well no, Chandler’s birthday is in September, this is our firstborn, Christopher and he’s going to be 35! Marti says that’s impossible because that would make her 4 years old when she had him, but I just tell her to shake it off as new math.

So Marti is going to send a bunch of thirtysomethings dressed as pirates (the party theme) off into the neighborhood looking for little trinkets to turn into treasures. (We’ve got to try and keep this a secret because if they know about this ahead of time they will have time to think of all the reasons they don’t want to do this. Better to send them off before they have a chance to realize how silly they are.)

Marti’s idea was to let you all in on this so I can have some help thinking of treasures to have them look for. So now you see why this morning’s reading was the kick in the butt I needed to get me to write about this. If God could send his children off into the neighborhood seeking things like yarn, goat hair, spices, olive oil and durable leather, certainly I could send our guests off looking for similar trinkets that become treasures to us.

If you haven’t guessed yet, where you can help me is by coming up with ideas for “treasures.” Marti would like them to be along the lines of our pirate theme, 35 years, or Christopher’s work as a policeman with the Harbor Division of the LAPD. These have to be things that are of little or no value to the neighborhood people so as to be easily parted with. An example would be a badge which could be an old campaign button or some kind of promotional Sea World button nestled deep in that second drawer in the kitchen where we all keep everything we don’t need. Also, I’m open to ideas for a Grand Prize that will motivate everyone to want to do this even if they don’t.

Here’s where all this silliness comes down to something very important for each one of us. You will remember the following quote attributed to Mark Twain from yesterday’s Catch: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” So today you’re going to help me celebrate the first birthday of my son by helping me come up with a list of trinkets we can turn into treasures, while we all can celebrate the second one, because that is the day you realize that you are loved, infinitely and completely, by God. For me that day repeats itself often, as I am prone to forget. And should you ever feel like a trinket, remember, to God you will always be His treasure. So in that last regard, Happy Second Birthday to us all!

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18 Responses to From trinkets to treasures

  1. Don Williams says:

    Actually, the Israelites wouldn’t have had to go into the neighborhood to find these treasures–they had brought them with them from Egypt. After all, they were in a desert and probably not that many nomads hanging around the area. Remember that when they left Egypt, Moses told the people to ask the Egyptians for all kinds of things to take with them. I think the Bible says they literally plundered the Egyptians. In Exodus 12:35 & 36, “The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36 The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.” Here is another example of how God provided for them in advance of their need. Isn’t it amazing that as we look back over our lives how we can see where God had been working in our lives and preparing us for situations we didn’t even know we were going to be in, but when we got there, we had what we needed for the task!!!
    So, as far as your treasure hunt goes, maybe you just need to send them throughout you house and skip the neighborhood–you’ve probably already have everything they need!

    • jwfisch says:

      Hmmmm. I receive your point and it’s a good one, but 14 grown adults tromping through our 900 sq ft. house is not going to suit Marti at all! 🙂

  2. Carole in Midland says:

    Oh what FUN! No matter how old we get, It’s always nice to have an excuse to act like a kid – now I don’t need an excuse to “get my kid on,” but I suppose some folks do… Here are some ideas for “treasures” – a map; a hook (it could be a shower curtain hook, a picture hook, etc.); a stuffed/toy parrot (or a picture of a parrot maybe); a toy boat; a seashell; anything with a skull & crossbones image on it; an eyepatch; an empty rum or wine bottle (bonus points for a full one?); a string of beads or other costume jewelry; a wooden leg (an old table/chair leg); a fish; a flag; a bandana or “do rag”; a “treasure chest” (a hinged box); play coin money. If you have a Party City or a Dollar Store near you, you could pick up some of these items cheap and either distribute them to you neighbors who want to get in on the game, or hide them in the “search zone” and give clues to finding them. That’s all I got, John. Send us pictures from the gig and tell Christopher Happy B-day from his Catch family!

  3. Mark Seguin says:

    i’ll 2nd wat Carole wrote: “Oh what FUN! No matter how old we get, It’s always nice to have an excuse to act like a kid” and i think she also suggeted some very good ideas of the teasure to have them look for – Maybe 4 the Grand Prize a nice treat from McDonalds.. 🙂

    And this too: “…tell Christopher Happy B-day from his Catch family!”

  4. Priscilla says:

    Wow, John, my oldest son’s birthday is Saturday and my youngest son’s is Sept 9, the same day as Chandler’s. Anyway- I cant think if a thing to add to Carol’s list. Your party makes my roast pork, cake and ice cream sound pretty boring! Have a great time, sounds like a blast.

    • Mark Seguin says:

      Hummm, even thou I’ve been following, or trying to a Vegan diet, which is no animal products – i’ll still allow myself a “treat” once or twice per month, so Priscilla to me roast pork, cake and ice cream DOESN’T sound boring at all! Sounds like a ton of fun too! 🙂

    • jwfisch says:

      Wow. We missed a perfect match by 2 days! Christopher’s actual Birthday is the 10th. Still, that’s pretty close!

  5. Lois Taylor says:

    Getting in on the fun… about an old fashioned nightstick? I have my dad’s. Or a Jolly Roger of some kind? Or a stuffed parrot like you might find on someone’s patio?

  6. If you can get people to dress as pirates and be seen in public finding the things that Carole mentioned sounds like a good list.
    Here are some jokes you can use to liven up the party. 🙂

    What did the pirate say when his wooden leg got stuck in the freezer?
    Shiver me timbers!

    Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet?
    Because they can spend years at C!

    What kind of grades did the pirate get in school?

    Have you heard about the new pirate movie?
    It’s rated AARRRRRR! Why? Because of all the booty!

    A pirate walks into a bar wearing a paper towel on his head. He sits down at the bar and orders some dirty rum.
    The bartender asks, “Why are you wearing a paper towel?”
    “Arrrrr…” says the pirate. “I’ve got a bounty on me head!”

  7. Kathryn says:

    We did a scavenger hunt this summer & one of the items on the list was an intact spider web carried in someone’s hand.

  8. fishhawk says:

    “John Fischer” has been included in the Sites To See for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point many new visitors in your direction.

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