Why am I feeling that way? Well, I saw God while I was looking for carpet for my Grandma’s bedroom today. One thing is for sure: when you can see God in Grandma’s bedroom carpet, it can only mean one of three things:
1. You are nutty as a fruitcake. The carpet could quite conceivably have been a large Rorschach Test pointing towards my being mentally unstable. This is a distinct possibility, as my sanity has long been in question.
2. You are about to make a fortune on eBay selling that carpet (it helps if the image is of Jesus or the Virgin Mary, though. Apparently grilled cheese is a popular way for God to show Himself) I mean, people get tattoos of this stuff, so it’s worth some cash right? Maybe an image of Jesus in Berber could put the kids through college.
3. God is at work in everyday life to show you how great He is and how much He cares.
I will take door number 3 today, FTW! 🙂 As I was walking out of Home Depot this morning, I couldn’t help but think of these verses:
An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life. (Proverbs 31:10-12, NASB)
Today I got a glimpse of the truth of these verses while finding carpet for Grandma’s bedroom. As I blog and try to see God in everyday life it is amazing to me where He shows up! Here is how God once again tapped me on the shoulder:
Our previous renter in our rental home was confined to a wheelchair because he has Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Stephen Hawking, the famed physicist, has ALS). Carpet cannot stand up to a motorized wheelchair, so it was pretty dirty when he moved out. This was expected, but obviously we can’t ask Grandma to move in with the carpet being nasty!
Laura borrowed a carpet cleaner from a friend at church and worked at it diligently, but it wouldn’t come clean at all. So she called a couple of places to get carpet quotes (after confirming with grandma that she would rather have carpet in there than laminate).
Her best bid was about $350 total, which isn’t bad in that the carpet needs to be in by Saturday. I stopped by Home Depot to look as well, but they were about $80 more so I was planning on just using the $350 bid she had. I mean, in my thinking I had a couple of reputable bids and that was enough. I would have just picked one and went with it because that is how I am. (BTW, never let anyone lie to you and say that rental property will make you money without work…remember where liars go!)
I should have known that my amazing wife would have something else in mind. 🙂 She made another call and found someone who could get it in this week (a major sticky spot-grandma moves in on Friday), and for under $300! If you know her then you know that this is vintage Laura; she is the queen of finding the best deal.
I am so blessed by her. It is 100% her doing that we aren’t in the poor house. Here I was looking for a place to buy some lunch-not giving it another thought-while she was figuring out how to save our family a bunch of money. And all of this was after taking her four kids to swim team practice and swimming lessons!
This is the same lady who continues to amaze me with her heart and her dedication to the Lord, to me, and to her kids. She does it all… really. She’s a homeschooling mom of 4 who also happens to run half marathons. 2:00:22 PR!!
She sings on our worship team at church and has gone a long way out of her comfort zone to lead worship for VBS this year. She is a professional doula who helps women give birth. Did I mention that she even indulges me in my hobbies?
She makes sure that the family stays within our budget and runs an untold amount of interference for me so that I can focus on ministry. I can resoundingly agree with Proverbs 31:28-30 :
Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
“Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
And let me tell you, seeing God in the beautiful, talented, and godly woman that He has blessed you with is a whole lot better than seeing Him in a half-eaten grilled cheese. No offense to any grilled cheese lovers.