Thursday, August 7, 2014

Jesus Couches

By Morgann Burres
Until five days ago, my husband and I had been without a couch for three weeks. 
 
We had been actively searching for couches on Craigslist and other similar sites.  We even resorted to looking at couches new (a BIG deal for us).  Between my travel, my husband’s travel and nothing being available online, we found ourselves just waiting (rather uncomfortably) for the “right” couch to pop up on the screens in front of us. 

During this time, I was convinced that God was letting us learn patience and contentment, which may have been true.  But it wasn’t until the very end of this journey that we got to see his full purposes unfold.

We decided that if nothing came up by Wednesday after I got off work, we would march ourselves down to the local furniture store and pay a pretty penny for a sofa and love seat combo that we had fallen in love with last weekend. 

Funny enough, around noon that same day, my husband stumbled across a Craigslist ad for a beautiful couch and love seat that was only $400 – less than half of what we had planned to spend.  After corresponding with the lady selling the furniture and driving to take a look, it became clear that sure enough, this was the couch.  Later that night, we made arrangements to pick up the couch and love seat and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to only be paying $400 for something that was worth much more. 

We showed up, her husband helped load the couch and we handed her four crisp $100 bills.  She thanked us and then looked at the money and said, “This is my act of kindness for the day,” as she handed back one of the bills.  We were stunned.  The only thing I could utter was, “Thank you so much.  We are full-time missionaries and the only way we live is because God provides for us, His children.” 

I was immediately taken back to a passage in Matthew: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows”  (Matthew 10:29-31).

Wow.  Ladies, we are highly valued because we are his.  We belong to our Maker and our Sustainer.  He cares about the little things and the big things.  For goodness sake, if he cares about my couches, surely, he cares about your worries and fears, trials and temptations, joys and sorrows, triumphs and failures. 

Not one sparrow falls without our Father in Heaven allowing it.  God knows.  God sees.  God hears. 

When we found the couches for just $400, I was convinced that I was seeing God provide for us in the most tangible way possible.  I was blown away by his goodness to give us what we wanted for much less than we were willing to spend.  And yet God, in His goodness, had more in store. 

The Lord desires to bless his children.  Paul writes to the church in Philippi, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” 

Every need.

Ultimately, God supplies our greatest need: himself. Yes, he cares about my material needs, but more than anything, the Lord supplies and sustains my salvation.

Our couches remind me daily of God’s great provision.  We call them our “Jesus couches.”  And if that’s what it takes to bring to mind God’s great care for us, then they may just remain our Jesus couches as long as we own them. 

From couches to salvation, girls, God provides. 

Father God, Thank you for who you are!  Apart from the gifts you give, you are good. Thank you for your promises to take care of us and provide for our every need. Teach us to be content in all things. We love you, Lord! 

Amen.

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