And sometimes a couch can bring you heavenly perspective.
Can you put a price tag on something? There’s a price tag on everything in this picture, but the price tag doesn’t reveal the whole story.
The price tag doesn’t show the couch at home, the couch that is so loved but is now ripped, really ripped, covered with a panda blanket ripped.
The price tag doesn’t show the years of longing for an ordered home, and what this couch could represent.
The price tag doesn’t show the movie nights, the snuggles, the middle of the night sickness as you lie next to a child, gently stroking his head.
Sometimes you see what you want, and the price tag is just right but still too steep. And you make the right decision. You decide not to rely on the credit card, not to add to the smallish debt, not to add to the interest payments. You decide to keep paying that down, and to simultaneously save. Because you have been liberated and you know that the couch with the hole is just a couch, and the couch that is whole is just a couch, and that neither will make you whole.
You make the right decision. You are faithful. You are a good steward. You reflect and meditate and pray and you are confident in your choice.
And then the next day the flyer arrives for 0% interest for the next four years, when you had calculated it would take four months to save up for it.
When I was a new Christian, when I was a teenager, one of my favorite things to yell to the world was that “there is no such thing as coincidence, it’s all God.”
But as an adult with three kids and a mortgage do I really believe that this company’s first ever 0% interest sale coming the day after my making the right choice is not a coincidence, but God telling me to buy a new couch. Hello!!! McFly!!!!
The Holy Spirit is at work everywhere, but is the holy spirit at work in my holy couch?