If you don’t believe God likes to shop, I’m here to challenge your perceptions.
Or maybe He just likes me to shop.
See last Wednesday was my birthday. I finish a tall cup of nice, hot tea and good conversation with a friend at Starbucks and had a little space between our time together and my next appointment.
Leaning back on the comfy chair I let the joy of unscheduled time wash over me. “What should we do next, God, for my birthday?”
I swear He said, “Let’s see what they have at Hobby Lobby.”
Bet you’ll believe me when you hear the rest of the story.
This whole new family room thing is a bigger deal than most of you know. I’ve prayed for at least ten years to be able to redecorate. I am going to be brave and admit to the world at large that the carpet down there is at least 30 years old and held together with duct tape. So when God brought the resources to give that space a face-lift, well, it’s an answer to years of prayer. (When we’re finally done I’ll take pictures. Promise!)
So back to my story. My birthday. Hobby Lobby. I was drawn to the pictures. Not the little ones. The big ones. And in that department I drooled, then stopped dead in my tracks.
In front of me was a photo on canvas. Not only did the picture invite me to saunter down to the ocean and dangle my feet in the water, the heart of its message communicated exactly what I want my new family room to say.
Be at peace.
Relax. Be refreshed.
It was also the perfect colors to connect that new pewter lamp with the “sand” sofa and the calming blues, greens, and grays of the new paint.
I flipped that sucker over and moaned. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much money. “I’d pay half that,” I thought.
With a wistful sigh I continued my wanderings around the store. I resisted the temptation to look at the bracelet charms. I browsed the fabric, a past-time made enjoyable thanks to a grandmother who sewed me dresses when I was a child.
Then I saw it. A sign advertising 50% off canvas prints!
I rushed back to the picture section to inquire. Evidently, the sale was over, but one of the signs advertising it had been overlooked when they were taken down. Store policy said they had to honor the discount! I was told to check out with a particular cashier to receive that amazing price.
I grabbed the perfect candles (also 50% off) to continue with my sand and sea theme and headed to the check out counter.
The cashier’s name was Joy.
Could it be more perfect?
“Do you want to hear a joyful story?” I asked.
“Of course!” She said.
I poured it all out. How the canvas was the culmination of years of prayer and a brand new look in my family room.
Her wide smile matched my own. “The Lord wanted you to have that picture!” she said.
Yes. Yes he did.
I don’t really know what He thinks about shopping, but I do know we have a Father who loves to give good gifts to His children. He knows our hearts. He cares about the little things.
Happy here in Colorado,