This past Saturday night my husband Gene and I were talking and I mentioned that I wanted to get rid of our pool table. We've wanted to get rid of it for a long time now as it has gone from a recreation table to an I don't feel like folding these clothes so I'll throw them on here table. I casually said to my husband, "We should get rid of the pool table and put a big sectional couch down here." His response, "Uh huh." The "uh-huh" was said sarcastically I might add because financially we could never pull it off right now. My response to his sarcasm: "You just wait Gene, God can do it."
Sunday after church I told Gene he had a message on the answering machine for him from a buddy of his. I walked into the kitchen just in time to hear him tell Chris, "Oh, thanks man, but we don't have the room." I start whispering, "For what, for what?" Finally, he covered the phone and said, "Oh a friend of Chris' just bought a new couch and love seat and is getting rid of their sectional couch for free and wanted to know if we wanted it." Gets back on the phone and tells Chris that he's sure, but thanks for thinking of us.
Okay, you know I was in shock as I stood staring in disbelief at the Crusher of my Desires. Did the man forget what he had said "Uh huh" too not even 24 hours ago?? Did he not hear me faithfully challenge God when I said that He can do it??? After pulling myself out of my state of shock, I asked him if he was crazy. He confirmed that he wasn't and left the room. OK. Choice time for girl who wants sectional couch for free.
1.) I could pull the old Lelia out and cuss at and call Gene names I've never even heard before, wear him down until he finally reaches his breaking point and screams, "FINE, whatever Lelia get your stupid couch!" OR
2.) I could ask God, the sectional-couch-for-free Provider, to intervene here.
Gene's reason for saying no thanks was because of the poor track record I hold when it comes to implementing big plans for furniture hand me downs. This past summer, our garage stored 2 dressers and 2 desks. I have the best intentions, just not the room to store my projects while I await the time and energy to tackle them. This time though is different because I have envisioned a sectional in our basement for a long time. See, I want to have Bible studies at my house and the upstairs is just not big enough, but the basement would be perfect...if we had a sectional couch.
At first Gene held his ground, but then he listened as I promised to get rid of the pool table and move the couch down to the basement soon. He ended up giving me a "yes", but only if I would store it in my sister's empty guest bedroom versus our garage until the pool/laundry table is gone. I agreed, we kissed and my sister and I went to look at the sectional to see if I really did want it. I saw it and decided it wouldn't be a big deal to move the sectional with a sleeper sofa and 2 recliners not once, but twice, SO...I have my sectional!!!! Oh, I wish you could all see this~it's so pretty and in perfect shape and in my husband's price range!!! God is just too good! Again, I'm so glad I didn't handle this with choice #1! It would be mighty uncomfortable relaxin' on a couch I had disrespected my husbandto get! Thanks for the helping me make a no-regret decision Lord!
Don't you just love when He pays attention to the desires of our heart and then delivers them in such a way that ONLY He can? I LOVE that about Him!! I can't wait to move my God-couch out of storage to my basement. My sister called me tonight and gave me a little extra motivation to get rid of our laundry table sooner than later when she said, "I love your couch." I can't let her get too comfy now can I? So anyone who wants a multi-purpose table for their basement, call me! I may even throw in our teenagers as they know how to wash and dry clothes really well so all you'd have to do is fold!
Jesus~You've outdone yourself again and I just love your unique and holy style. You are really awesome and so fast! I know I've had the thought of wanting a sectional in my basement for a long time, but the first time I verbalize my desire my phone starts ringing? Are you kidding me?? Author of my life...You simply "wow" me!
Oh, and consider the job done Lord...I got your message of not letting "Uh-Huh" sit in the recliner for at least a month! I'll make sure he sits on the floor...I promise!
*UPDATE: Sunday, 1/27/08: Ad run in local newspaper, Pool table sold: 6:15pm, Sectional moving home next Saturday morning! Thank you JESUS!! xoxo