Have you ever made a wreath out of a coat hanger before?
Well, when you really want to make a wreath, but you don’t have a form for a wreath, you make up your own.
So why am I making a wreath today…
Well, last week, when I was working up at the store in Boerne, I noticed that one of the vendors had brought a gorgeous old, white, chippy door into her booth.
Before I walked over to look at it, I already had plans for it.
I couldn’t wait to bring it home and decorate it for Fall. It would be the star of my Fall Home Tour this week. I just knew you would love it too.
When I had a chance, I walked over and looked at it. I admired the glass knob, the little glass windows, the chippy paint, the rounded top, the price tag….
THE PRICE TAG!! Eeeek!!!
And then I almost cried. The tag read $250!
I’m not saying the door wasn’t worth $250. In fact, it was lovely, but no way was I going to spend $250 on an old door. It’s just not going to happen.
Now, my former self would not have even batted an eyelash at the price, and instead would have just pulled out the money and paid for it… whether I had the money or not.
BUT, over the years, and through a lot of hard lessons, I have since learned that if I am obedient with my finances, then God finds ways to bless us in the most unusual of ways. (I could share story after story about this, but I’ll save those stories for another time.)
So, with a sad heart, I went back to my place at the register and dreamed up other ideas for Fall decorating. Ideas that didn’t involve an old chippy door.
Or a glass knob. Or a rusty lock.
And then, I worked up at the store yesterday and there it was again…
It was calling my name, but I refused to listen to it. I refused to walk over to it. I refused to the entertain the idea that it could be mine.
I thought…it must be meant for someone else, and please, oh please don’t let that someone else come in here and buy it while I’m here!
Later that night, about 5 minutes before we closed, the lady who owns the door walked in with her husband to check on a few things.
She came up to the counter and said, “Hey, I heard you like my door. You want to buy it?”
I chuckled and said, “I love it!! I can’t do $250 though. It’s totally worth it, but it’s just not something I can spend now.”
She smiled and said, “Could you do $125? AND, you can just pay for it a little at a time, whenever you want, however you want, you can take as long as you want…”
I tried to hold back the tears and screamed, “YES!!! Oh my goodness! YES!! Are you sure? That would be great!! YAY!!!”
Honestly, that’s what I said.
She laughed and her sweet husband carried my old chippy door out to my car.
As I drove my door home last night, eager to get it into my house, I was reminded that when we are obedient to God with our finances, he finds a way to work things out.
Did I need this old door?
But I love Psalm 37:4 that says…
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Does this mean that God will give you everything you ever wanted? No, but I can’t tell you how many times this verse has held true for me. From my husband, to our church, to coming back home after 13 years, I know that God has found ways to bring me the desires of my heart. He may not have always brought it when I wanted it, or exactly what I wanted, or in my timing, but God has always worked things out for my good.
I truly believe that God wants to bless us with the little and the big things in life.
I think we all need reminders from time to time that God is still working, especially in this crazy world we live in. Maybe your reminder is a new job, or a promotion at work, or an answer to that prayer…
Or maybe, it’s in an old, chippy door.
PS- For the full tutorial on the how to make a rag wreath of your own, click here.