how the story of a table changed the way I looked at "stuff"

Picture this:
My husband and I were newly married
we arrived in Missouri in the dead of winter with a small U haul filled with little odds and ends from my apartment back in Arizona and a mattress.
We had no furniture or a chair to sit in. 
We spent weeks eating on the floor and using a plastic storage container as our makeshift table.
We ate a lot of Arby's. A LOT. haha! 
We would watch TV on the living room floor and use a box as our makeshift entertainment center.
It built character haha!
After a couple of months, Reece and I found ourselves roaming an antique store in town. 
We came across this round wooden table with 4 chairs. 
it was $98.00 
We stood there and admired it. Reece loved it, I loved it. 
We passed on said table because I wanted this expensive table set online. a poorly made but "in style" table. The high dollar table was simply for looks. Not functional in the slightest but still it had the "look" so I wanted it.
Well about a week or so later, I get off of work and come home to find that round wooden table  with 4 chairs from the basement of that antique store set up in our kitchen nook. Flowers placed perfectly in the center.
Reece standing next to the table with a smile, waiting for my reaction of surprise followed by excitement!
it didn't come. not in that moment. or the first 5 minutes. 
I was upset. I was mad because it wasn't what I wanted {or so I thought}. 
It wasn't NEW. It wasn't TRENDY. 
It didn't come off Wayfair. 
and I'll never forget the look of confusion mixed with sadness when he saw that I wasn't as happy over the surprise as he anticipated. 
I know what you're thinking. how could she act like that!? what a brat! what an ungrateful reaction to such a loving and romantic gesture. 
I know. I hate admitting it.
but after that moment passed, a profound lesson hit me like a ton of bricks. 
a much needed attitude adjustment hit me like a ton of bricks.
a change of heart hit me like a ton of bricks.
compassion, humility, gratitude, selfless love {like my husband showed me} hit me like a ton of bricks.
Our homes will change due to the constant relocation with the military, the stuff in our home will come and go, wear out, get donated, or sold. 
but what will remain? that table in all it's glory. untouched with paint, a piece of furniture that holds a memory, a reminder of where we started, and a lesson in gratitude and love that I will share with my girls.  

O God, I beg two favors from you before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. 
Proverbs 30: 7-8

1 comment:

  1. Good story....great lesson! And this is how most young married couples start out. It makes you humble and appreciative and you realize what is important in life...