17: The Perfect Coffee Table

17: The Perfect Coffee Table

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives

The Perfect Coffee Table

By Tina Friesen

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

~Isaiah 40:28-29

My husband and I don’t always see eye to eye. We’re not alone in this, I’ve discovered. Our marriage is evidence that opposites do attract. For instance, I like pop music and soft rock, and I play the piano. My husband plays the banjo and loves bluegrass. I like to plan and host parties while he prefers an intimate family dinner. He likes a firm bed, while I like a bit of softness, at least enough so that my shoulders don’t hurt when I sleep on my side. I could go on.

So, when we decided to go shopping for a coffee table, after about forty minutes of looking around the furniture store, my stomach began to hurt and my head began to pound. We were not agreeing on anything. I had narrowed down my choices to two tables. He had done the same. I looked at his tables and knew I couldn’t live with them. He felt precisely the same way about mine.

At this point, I was near tears, and I wandered off by myself for a bit to have a little talk with God. I said, “God, you put the two of us together, and you know how different we are. This comes as no surprise to you. I have to believe, however, that there is a coffee table out there that we can agree on. I believe this because all things are possible with you.”

After my prayer, I walked a little farther and saw another table I liked. I was surprised I hadn’t seen it before. And I thought that my husband might actually like this one, too. So I called him over to look at it. By this time, he was ready to go home. He had done enough looking for one night. But it turned out to be the one table in the entire store that we could agree on. I was so delighted I almost shed tears of joy. God confirmed to me in that moment that He can and will make a way for us.

Later, I discovered that my brother and his wife bought the same coffee table! When I summarized our story, they told me their experience was very similar to ours. Our coffee tables now symbolize God’s faithfulness.

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