Faith & Life: The Scavenger Hunt

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The Scavenger Hunt

Following God’s Daily Clues

by Joanne Troppello

The first use of the scavenger hunt occurred in 1936. In this game, players compete against each other trying to find various items from a list within a specified time limit.

According to, the word scavenger originated in the 1400’s in Old North French escauwage meaning “inspection” and Old High German scouwon meaning “inspect”, and Old English sceawian meaning “to look at or inspect.” It also referenced a “toll or duty on goods” in Anglo-French. In the 1540’s, it meant a “person hired to remove refuse from streets”.

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My nieces are on summer vacation, and they already went on a trip with their mom and will be going away two more times this summer. Since school is out, I offered to my sister that I could spend some time with them one day a week for a few hours. This week, we did a scavenger hunt in the yard. Next week, we’ll be working on a craft.

The girls had fun. We hung out for a bit inside, then went outside. There was a bee buzzing around the plant by our front door, so they didn’t want to go out that way. We ended up going out through the garage.

Bri took charge of the scavenger hunt item list and had fun checking everything off the list after they finished. Ari led the hunt and used her iPad to take photos of some of the larger items.

We enjoyed spending time together. I’m glad the girls were excited about my idea for the scavenger hunt. Although, it was hot today and Bri wants to do one inside next time!

Picking Up on God’s Daily Hints

Doing this scavenger hunt reminded me of how God leaves hints for us each day. We need to be diligent to discover them and embrace His messages for us. Those hints can come to us in the following ways:

  • Bible – The Bible (logos, Greek for written Word) is the most important way for Christians to hear from God. You can read in II Timothy 3:16-17 that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Read and study the Bible each day so you can hear what God wants to tell you and live it out.

  • Music – Listening to worship music is another way that you can hear from God. Many worship songs take Psalms or other passages of scripture and put those words to music. Other songs don’t use direct words from the Bible, but the messages are related to God’s Word and can encourage you daily.

  • Relationships – God can speak to you through Godly conversation with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Of course, you always need to test everything people say against the Word of God. When Paul and Silas ministered to those in Berea, the people “received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:10-11)

  • Nature – You can find God’s clues to His majesty, strength, and power through nature. Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world His attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.”

  • Dreams – God spoke to many people in the Bible in dreams like Joseph (Genesis 37:5-7). Job 33:15 says, “In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.” Just remember to not get carried away with dreams. I’ve had some dreams where I can fly! I don’t think that’s happening any time soon. Always pray for wisdom and discernment.

  • Prayer – I Corinthians 12:8 says, “For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit.” When you are in communion with God, He can speak to you with His still, small voice through inclinations from the Holy Spirit.

It’s a daily journey. Each day is a new day. Yet, when you look at life like going on a scavenger hunt seeking to discover God speaking to you, that can enrich your journey in growing in the Lord.

Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.