Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Patience

Some of you may remember that I've been wanting a couch.  I told you about how I had my eye on this couch
It's from Ikea, got great reviews, but then I started measuring everything and it just kind of drifted away.  I still had my heart set on a new couch as our old one is literally falling apart. Sometimes I move it and there are nails underneath it.  Has anyone ever had something like that happen before? It's weird.  And the fabric is shredding itself after so many years of use and a few years of our abuse.
I have been dropping in to a little consignment shop near one of those indoor play areas for kids.  I found a little green loveseat that was well below my price range, but it was decidedly feminine in build.  Today when we went, Hannah told me that it was like sitting on Mama Bear's chair from Goldilocks.  I thought this could be a problem.
Luckily, there was another couch in the shop that I had been thinking of.  It's plaid and it's also a sleeper sofa.  Now don't ask me why it is that Joel and I have been accumulating sleeper sofa's lately, I can't really answer that one.  But I decided to buy it.  Well, when I took the tag up to the register, I discovered, that the price was not just 20% for their monthly sale, but it was also another 20% off because it had been in the store for over a month!  WOOT!  My biggest problem then was how to get it home, luckily, my husband and I have some wonderful friends.  He and a friend of ours picked it up this morning and brought it to our home.  Here it is in its new spot.

Friends and family will be glad to have more than two people sitting on the couch at any given moment they next time they visit.  Well, I guess I should say there's room for more than 2 but people may not choose to use it.
We moved our old loveseat downstairs to the junk room which also doubles as a library.  Should be a happy place for reading in the months ahead.

But what does all this have to do with patience?  My impatience would have me jump and run out to buy the first thing I could think of.  It might permit me to do some price point shopping, but it would not allow me to see other options.  And that is what patience allows me, the visibility of options.  Instead of seeing just the thing I want I can see other things and possibilities.  Patience doesn't mean that I wait for the one thing I want, it means that I wait until I can see with clarity. And often that clarity leads me closer to God and further away from selfish desires.

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