Making financial decisions in times as these remains difficult as we look attempt to be good stewards of our money. I am reposting a shopping day experience over a year ago with a single mom friend in light of some of my recent purchases.
Saturday I went to a close friend’s for catch-uptime.
“Do you want to look at a furniture sale nearby?”
“I’d love to!” I said. We laughed on our drive to the shop reminiscing on our bargains.
She bought a used couch set for her living room at a mere $600 thirteen years ago.
I bought a ten year old couch and a table for $150 eight years ago.
At the time our couches looked great…now is a different story.
And so we arrived at the “up to 70% off” sale.
Of course, when do the things we like fall in the 70% off category?
After we scoped and bargained and she bought and I almost did—I chuckled realizing what the final determiner for each of us. The die was cast by those closest to our hearts.
For my friend it was her teenage daughter. The couch or the loveseat?
She pictured her daughter lounging happily on the console, cup holding double recliners.
Later when her daughter came to see the damage done, immediately she lifted the console with a big smile on her face..” I can put this and this in here.”
For me, the couch that matched my dog’s coat colour the closest was the winner! Also, I did consider my little nonshedding dog who likes to perch on the couch and keep watch out the window. He had a hardy enough fabric to perch, that’s what I needed.
God allows us to make choices based on who we are and what we value. At the same time, He chooses the path of our life knowing each of though much the same, have very different motivators and influencers in our life. Each of possess internal wiring that responds differently and produces a God-given surround sound we receive.
Peter and John traveled together with Jesus “for three years. Each was asked to prepare the Passover for the Last Supper, each was at the outer courts when he was on trial and each was there when Jesus appeared at the shore. Yet, when Peter asked Jesus his plan for John’s life, Jesus didn’t answer, nor would He. Peter was left to trust in God’s plan only for himself and not compare.
I didn’t end up getting the couch. It wasn’t the best plan for me right now. Last time I spoke to my friend, the delivery truck was pulling into her driveway. We each have peace about our decisions. God pushed her forward and put a check in my Spirit. Peace came in the listening., the doing and the trusting, that God’s time is always best whether we understand it or not.
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn that shining ever brighter until the full light of day Proverbs 4:18
Fyi- Soon after I found a couch at a consignment store for under $200- Style and color that fit!