It’s intriguing to see how people’s minds are triggered toward thinking about God. For some, a scenic walk through nature brings up deep thoughts of faith. Sometimes life events such as births, weddings and funerals shifts one’s mind to the spiritual.
Interestingly though for me, my daily reminder of the one I serve sits unswervingly in the middle of my living room. Every morning I think of God when I sit on my couch.
This couch was our first furniture purchase as a married couple. We were fortunate enough when we got married in Summer 2013 to have all our needed furniture given to us by other families and friends. Our prior couch was given to us by a woman who moved to South America and literally couldn’t take it with her, and while it served its purpose in our newlywed years, the couch was on its best days a poor piece at Goodwill.
So when the cushions starting splitting from wear and tear, we made the appropriate decision to look for a new couch, specifically a larger couch that could seat more than three people and would last us for years to come. Our search landed us on a $1,000 sectional couch with an ottoman (our dog’s personal mini-bed). It was the best bang for our buck and from a notable brand name as well.
The downside to the story? That decision and saving process was made more than a year ago… and up until the end of 2016 we still didn’t have the couch.
The money wasn’t adding up fast enough. At the rate we were saving, it would be another two years before we could even think about looking at a new couch. So, I got to work. I tried to sell household items I no longer needed. I became a Disney travel agent to make money on the side. I designed a few resumes.
It somewhat transformed into a personal vendetta – what could I do extra to get this couch faster? My mind consistently went back to an adage from my childhood – if you want something, you have to work for it.
Two weeks into this intrapersonal mission, I was stricken with a newfound daily unease. Allowing days to pass with this going unchecked, it heightened to prohibit my sleep. One particular night I laid in bed wide awake all night. Everyone’s Facebook page was definitely creeped on at some point, but in between my stalking one Scripture wouldn’t escape my mind.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” – Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
After the fifth hour of staring at my iPhone, I finally put my mind to good use. Ending up downstairs, I grabbed my Bible and set out to read the Scripture so I could get at least an hour or two of sleep. Only sleep didn’t come – but understanding did.
I have read Matthew 6 before but had forgotten the context. There wasn’t much I felt like talking to God about after reading how He takes care of even small intricacies of this world like the birds and the flowers so He would certainly take total care of me. (My paraphrase is no comparison to the beauty of the actual chapter).
Still, I didn’t fully understand why He led me to this point. Was it wrong to want something new? Was I putting a couch before God? Crazy questions – but I still thought them. And then I asked…
“God, what are you trying to teach me? What is the deal with this couch?”
“Kayla, if you needed a cheaper couch, why didn’t you just ask me for it?”
“That’s it. That’s what this is all about? God, I’m not praying about a couch. That’s silly.”
“If you want a cheaper couch, just ask me for it.”
“Am I seriously about to pray this…”
“If you want a cheaper couch, just ask me for it.”
Insert one giant sigh, a humbled spirit and a changed perspective.
“Lord if it’s possible for us to get this couch cheaper, would you provide it for us? You see why we want it and the condition our current one is in. Thanks.”
Running on little sleep the next day, I forgot to tell Matt about my night or to even think about sharing my prayer. Less than 24 hours later, he saw a shared Facebook post. A couple in Thibodaux were selling a couch. Down to the details, it was almost the same couch we were looking at buying. They accidentally bought the wrong color and didn’t want to go through the hassle of returning it. Matt called the man, who happened to work offshore and was leaving the next day for more than a month. He gave us a deal – if we took it home that evening he would let us have it for slightly more than $400 – the exact amount we had saved up to that point.
Needless to say, it’s why I’m thankful for my couch. Yes, the one I’m sitting on while writing this blog.
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” – Luke 16:10
Jesus could boldly say these words because He is faithful with both little and with much. Contrarily though, I find we are more apt to pray for His power in the big things and let the worry of the small details eat us up. Even those who don’t believe in God will ask for prayer when unlikely events come their way. It makes sense. It’s natural to lean on greater power when impossible odds add up.
Jesus didn’t come to show off great power and say, “Look at me. I fixed all your problems.” Rather, He came to restore relationship with the individual, the one in a crowd of a thousand and each one in a crowd of a million.
The same Jesus that has the power to save, restore and heal also cares about our worries about the laundry, the new tires for our car, and our reaction to the vet bill. He’s a powerful God, and He’s a personal God. His constant faithfulness is the full Gospel at work.
So I can be confident He will be faithful in all things, for He has always been reliable and constant. He proved faithful when my brother was in a car accident, when there was more days in the month left than money in the bank, when my mom had breast cancer, when my grandfather didn’t know Jesus… and when I needed a cheaper couch.
And that same faithfulness? You guessed it. It’s there for you as well – in the good and the bad, in the great and the small.
“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness…” – John 1:14