As a frugal mama, I absolutely LOVE finding hidden treasures at Thrift Stores. It brings me such joy to find a cute dress for my little girl for $3 that I almost paid $30 for a few weeks before. #momwin! (Well, I wasn’t really going to spend $30 for a dress she’d only wear twice. But, I did think about how nice it would be if I wasn’t so budget conscious!) And there’s nothing like seeing that book I’ve wanted to read on the shelf for only $1. In times like these when God’s favor aligns with what we want, it’s easy to be grateful. But what about when things don’t go as planned? Will we still be able to see the beauty in the broken, recognizing that God’s purposes are better than ours?
Though I don’t get free time to shop very often, I am able to browse through the Facebook Marketplace and Offer Up app from the convenience of my home. I’m equally excited to hunt for treasure on my phone. When we first purchased our house, I had my eye on this beautiful mirror on Offer Up. Every couple of days, I’d log on to see if it was still there. Finally, after several weeks of this, I decided to go for it and bought it for $90.
When Life Happens
Our house was a fixer-upper so we were redoing things in stages. We were working on our formal dining room -now our family/playroom- at the time and thought it was the perfect place for my mirror. I had been nagging my husband about putting it up for me. So naturally, when Ethan (then 2) accidentally broke it, I blamed my husband. The truth is, I had several things on his to-do list and was being quite unrealistic. We went to The Home Depot, Lowes, and any other store we could think of. We even searched online with no luck. Due to the size of the frame, the mirror would have to be custom-made and would cost much more than what I was willing to spend.
Rebirth of Broken Things
I was so very disappointed to finally get the mirror I wanted and not be able to use it. Then one day, I decided I wanted to turn my laundry room into a prayer room. I had this idea of making a prayer wall and decorating a bulletin board where my family and I could post prayer requests, etc. All of a sudden, I imagined using that frame in place of the bulletin board. I am not a visionary and did not consider myself creative at the time but what came out of that project was something truly beautiful (at least to me).
It got me thinking… what if that mirror was never meant to be my mirror? What if its original form was just meant to appeal to me in my original form? What if in my vanity and in my ignorance of God’s plan, I saw the breaking of that mirror as a tragedy instead of what it was meant to be? That’s often how things were in my life. When God ended something, I focused so much energy on grieving the end of that thing that I left no space for celebrating the beginning of what he had for me.
Making Space for Grace
Do you ever find yourself questioning the relationships that took a bad turn or the plans that didn’t go as you expected or hoped? Have you found yourself holding on to something that is dead and gone? If so, I want to encourage you today to hold on to your faith, to find beauty in the broken, to walk with God through those paths you didn’t plan, and to enjoy the journey.
With every step you are taking, he is with you and wants to lead you in the purposes he has for you. Every trial, every tear, every misstep, every mistake is for a reason. It will not be wasted. All of your struggles and all of the inconveniences in your life are training you and molding you into a better version of yourself. They are equipping you to fulfill your purpose in this place. So I challenge you today, to find the good in that thing you are dealing with right now. Focus on what is ahead and accept each challenge as a propelling into your purpose.
You are deeply loved. You are truly cherished. And you are not alone. You have a friend in God and you have a friend in me. Our community of mamas would love to come alongside you as we do life together. Feel free to email me at [email protected] and be sure to subscribe here for updates and encouragement.