I have found myself chuckling at odd moments during the day. Why? Because I have just finished reading "Operation Mincement." It was a great book - but isn't it funny what stays with you when you read a book. I found out that during the Second World War, when British agents were dropped into France, it was standard practise to give them a supply of garlic tablets - so they could blend in with the locals.
So, how did it work? Did they take them as soon as they landed, or en-route to the drop zone? Did they take one or two? I've spent some time in France and I know they like garlic - but it wasn't that bad. The whole idea sounds like a post war comedy film. I can just see it - British agents being arrested because they are too French.
Any way...the idea of spies with garlic tablets keeps putting a smile on my face. But then another idea popped into my head. What if you wanted to infiltrate a church? What would you need to blend in? At Salisbury Vineyard garlic tablets would be a big no no!
I like the idea of needing "joy" to blend in with the followers of Jesus. After all, Jesus had a full measure of it (Hebrews 1:9) and He wants us to have what He had (John 15:11). I wonder what it looks like to be full of joy? I wonder what it would be like to be part of a joy full church family? This has to be worth pursuing.