I love that my friends keep watch for furniture for me! It makes me feel so loved!
A few months ago, my friend and her hubby were out on a run and came across this pair of nightstands that someone left on the curb for the trash! My friends were the cutest thing ever to stop their run and carry these back to their home to ask if I wanted them!
And boy did I ever want them!!
The paint was flaking off really bad, so I chose to sand it completely down. This revealed that the nightstands were solid oak, which was exciting but it also revealed a few problems.
One nightstand must have been dropped at some point because it had a crack running down the sides and middle. The feet were also cracked. I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to salvage them.
I let fear set in a little as I realized I didn’t know how fix the problems, and I even considered putting it back on the curb.
In my scripture study one morning I read:
Mosiah 4:8. It says, “Believe in God; believe that He is; and that He created all things , both in heaven and earth; believe that He has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all things which the Lord can comprehend.”
I love this because it says that I don’t have to know everything. It says I don’t have to have anxiety about not having all the answers, and I don’t have to pretend that I have it all figured out!
And then I started thinking about that scripture in relation to the nightstands, and I realized that “all” is a really encompassing word! And if He knows all things, then He would know the story behind these nightstands. And He would know how I could fix them!
So I asked Him.
Now some might think that praying over a nightstand is pretty ridiculous; but if you believe that God is a loving father who cares about “all” aspects of our lives, then surely he would be interested in “all” that we’re doing, right? Furthermore, if I believe that this loving Father has “all” wisdom (both in heaven and earth), then who better to ask?
So I asked. And I researched, and I listened for promptings.
And I got answers! Since it was solid wood, and the breaks were clean, I felt prompted to remove the broken pieces, glue them, clamp them and reattach the parts!
And it worked!
You can still see where the crack was on the top, but the piece is rock solid. It’s not going anywhere! And the distressed look adds to the character and story of the piece.
I’m calling these the “All Things” nightstands because of the lesson I learned that I don’t have to have all the answers myself. Furthermore, receiving answers to prayer about something so inconsequential as a nightstand helped me see just a little more that God really does care about “all things both in heaven and earth!”