by Erica Pearson, firstname.lastname@example.org
I shouldn’t be surprised. I mean, God has been known to speak to people through some pretty odd venues, but a couch? Before you worry about me, this was not a burning bush experience. I did not actually hear a voice coming from my couch, so no need to call an intervention for me. God did, however, choose to use a very ordinary circumstance to teach me an extraordinary lesson. I’m beginning to see a pattern in how He chooses to speak to me. First overflowing toilets (story for a different day), and now a couch. I love that He visits me in the ordinary. It’s a very humbling experience.
I received a call that a friend had their sectional couch for sell. I was very excited because I had been wanting a new couch for some time now. There was nothing necessarily wrong with my old couch, other than the fact that it was terribly uncomfortable and I am sure belonged in the clouds above a beanstalk somewhere. I jumped at the chance and brought this new sectional couch home. My dream came true, only to find that the couch did not fit just right. You see, it sticks out just a little in the doorway that leads into the playroom. Not a big deal to most, but to me, Mrs. OCD, it created a small problem. A problem apparently big enough to wake me up at 2 am wondering if I had made the right choice. (For this I just may need an intervention…)
I awoke to go clean and sit in my living room looking at my new space. It was a change that would take some time to get use to. I found myself wanting my old couch back, the one I had grown to dislike strongly. Why would I want that old couch back when I had received such a wonderful blessing? That is when I heard Him speak. Very gently He said,
“Are you really going to discount this blessing because you are focusing on one small flaw?… Daughter, you need a new perspective.”
That is when I noticed from where I was standing, you could not even tell the couch was too big. This is where lesson #1 from my couch was found:
#1. Don’t miss out on a blessing because you are focusing on a negative in life.
The Lord did not stop there. He was not through with this lesson just yet. The next lesson was a little harder to swallow. Oh how I love that He loves me enough to be gentle! His next words of wisdom,
“You have two beautiful, healthy children and your up in the early morning worrying about… a couch?”
Ouch. Yes Lord, I admit, I am being very petty right now. Why am I striving for perfection when I have so many blessings in my life? This is where lesson #2 from my couch was found:
#2. Count your blessings and you will always find something to be exceedingly happy about.
I kissed my children and went back to bed laughing at myself and loving my heavenly Father.
The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
– 1 Kings 19:11-12
Today: Don’t miss out on the gentle whisper of your Father. What is it He is trying to teach you?