Do you have a favorite piece of furniture? My favorite piece of furniture is a chair. And, boy, does that chair have a history! I enjoy my chair and treasure the history behind it. And, this week, I said good-bye to my chair, which made me think about how God’s love is even better than this beloved chair.
My precious chair was made of deep green leather. It’s twenty years old. Back in the day, it was quite the fashionable seat! It belonged to my husband’s aunt and uncle in New Jersey. When Rob and I got married and purchased our first home in North Carolina, they sent it to us. None of the furniture in our first home matched, but we didn’t care.
Seventeen happy years later, Rob and I have moved nine times! That big, old green chair has safely made every move with us. Some of our furniture, for one reason or another, never made it. But that green chair would never, ever have been left behind!
Last year, when God told us it was time to adopt a child, we were thrilled. Interestingly enough, He gave us the word to adopt on the very day that we had asked a friend to help move our green chair upstairs to our fourth bedroom, which we had decided to convert into a game room for the kids! God’s timing is amazing and proves He has a great sense of humor!
I spent many hours in my prized green chair, praying, and searching God’s word, and talking with well-wishing friends on the phone. I also spent a lot of time in my chair just thinking about God’s goodness and the wonderful path He has taken us on.
When God revealed His adoption plan to us, we weren’t prepared for the timing of it. However, things have fallen into place in ways that I could never have dreamed. We soon realized that the fourth bedroom, which had just been converted into a game room, was now going to be our new child-to-be’s bedroom! Needless to say, that giant green chair was not going to be able to stay in that room.
So, Rob and I dragged that huge chair across the hall and into our bedroom. We tried to make a little reading nook, but the chair was just too big. We fiddled with it and worked and worked, but just couldn’t make it work.
So, last week, we heard about a precious friend who was moving into a new apartment and she needed furniture. The same friend who came last year to move the chair upstairs came and moved it back down. The next day our other friend — who originally moved the chair upstairs — came and gratefully took the chair. I was so happy to see it passed on.
God’s love is comfortable and amazing and goes with us wherever we go. It is meant to be shared. His love will always amaze and surprise us!
This week, I encourage you to spend some alone time with God. Ask Him to show you how to pass along His love and encouragement to others. Be encouraged and be blessed!