Interesting that rummaging involves both a thorough search and a haphazard search. It also carries with it a sense of thoroughness, completeness and discovery.
Most often, we associate “rummage” with the idea of going through our belongings, deciding what we don’t need/want anymore, and selling or somehow getting rid of them. With that, rummaging is most often connected with things.
Consider that rummaging can also involve a search of our lives — activities, thoughts, habits, etc. — and determining what we need to dispose of in order to move forward in a less cluttered way. Rummaging, then, can involve both cleaning out our physical spaces as well as cleaning out the less tangible spaces in our lives.
This intangible rummaging involves purging unhealthy thoughts and emotions, not letting them run wild anymore. In means revamping our schedules, so they don’t constantly control us and run us down. Rummaging in these ways means assessing our habits for their value and healthfulness in our lives, getting ride of what doesn’t work and adding in what we need to make progress.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
The rummaging process, whether cleaning out our physical or mental spaces, usually happens in small steps that add up over time to make a huge difference. They happen best as we focus on progress over perfection.
As you spend some time in the next couple of weeks rummaging through your house to find items to donate to New Hope’s Annual Rummage Sale, consider doing some inner rummaging too. Not only will you move forward with a less-cluttered house but a less-cluttered mind too.