At the time of this writing, Ashley and I have been married for 11 years and 13 days. One of the gifts we received for our wedding was a couch from Rooms to Go. It was a beautiful couch that was quite comfy and super stylish. While my tone may suggest that this same couch is not still in our living room all these years later, it is. This couch has survived 10 moves across 3 states and even some time in a storage unit. It has been there when we brought home our two babies and captured much of the mess that comes with little kids. This couch has been a central gathering spot for community groups, birthday parties, family gatherings, and countless football games. In the eyes of the kids, It has been a fortress, a hiding place, and a trampoline. All that to say, this couch has been through the wringer and yet, here it sits.
Until today. Today is “New Couch Day” in the Hair house. For several years we have known that it is time for the couch to go but on the list of things we’d rather spend our money on, the couch has been low for the last few years. But, we finally saved up and were able to purchase a new couch around Christmas time. Today, our new couch will be delivered and the old couch will be moved to the basement where it can continue to serve as a fortress, a hiding place, and sometimes a trampoline for the girls. Why should you care about my couch? Because my couch can teach us a critical lesson about what God can do in our day to day lives.
A quick Google search will show that in 2006, the average life expectancy of a “good-quality sofa,” was about 7 years. Doing some quick math…carry the one… calculate the radius… divide by pi… my couch is about 5 years past being a curb-alert. But here’s the thing, 5 years ago, there was no way we could afford to replace the couch. So, the couch lived on. Knowing that my couch has survived much longer than it should have reminded me of a verse in Deuteronomy 29. Moses is reminding the Israelites of all God has done for them and he says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.” Another quick google search says, “If you are walking 60 minutes a day or an average of seven hours a week, replace your shoes every three months.”
I imagine the Israelites were walking a few more than 60 minutes per day, but based on the need to replace their shoes every 3 months, the Israelites should have replaced their shoes approximately 180 times over the course of their 40-year saunter. Yet, God prevented their shoes from wearing at all.
I find encouragement in the fact that we serve a God who cares about the small things in our lives. When we truly follow him and let him lead, he takes care of everything from the massive to the minute. God cares about the details of our lives all the way down to the shoes on our feet. He is a God rich in resources and wants to provide for his people. If we let him guide us, he will take care of our needs.
At the end of the day, it’s not about shoes or a couch; but about finding the overlooked areas of our lives where God has proven faithful and thanking him at every opportunity.