Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Meant To Be

Last Saturday, my husband and I went thrift store shopping to see what rare and beautiful treasures we could find.  Well, I ended up finding this…

...a long, brightly colored, plaid and pleated skirt.  It's not a skirt I would typically be drawn to, but I fell in love with it because it reminded me so much of the school uniforms that I used to wear when I was younger, and I was also excited to try and turn something that looked a little "old-fashioned" into something modern and cool.  When I tried on the skirt, it fit like a glove.  The length was a bit too long, but nothing that a quick hem couldn't fix.  In that moment, I felt like this skirt had to be mine.  

I walked out of the dressing room and over to the cashier to purchase my new skirt when I suddenly felt like I shouldn’t buy it.  I wasn’t sure why, but I didn’t have that peace in my heart that I check for before buying something.  I’ve made a lot of mistakes with money in the past (buying a whole lot of things that I didn’t need), so I’ve learned to always ask God for wisdom when making purchases, whether big or small.  This was definitely a small purchase – the skirt only cost $6.99 – but I didn’t have peace about buying it, so I left it on the rack and walked out.  Maybe it just wasn't meant to be...

Usually, when I walk away from a purchase I never think about it again, but this skirt would not leave my head.  I just kept thinking about it and thinking about it.  So, I decided I would take another trip to the thrift store just to see if the skirt was still there.  If it was, then great; if not, then oh well.            

As soon as I got to the store, I went straight to the rack where I left the skirt on Saturday.  My heart was racing.  I scanned through the entire rack, pushing one skirt aside after another, praying that I would find it.  Then, just when I was about to give up...there it was.  On the rack directly behind the one that I was looking at, I spotted the crazy colored plaid skirt I was searching for.  I quickly walked over to the other aisle and picked up the skirt as fast as I could. (There was another woman there who also seemed to have an affection for long plaid skirts, so I had to grab it before she did!)

I took a few deep breaths to calm myself down from all of the excitement, and then I began to look through the rack to see if there was anything else that I liked.  I grabbed a handful of other skirts that I thought were cute and hurried over to the dressing room to try them all on.  With each skirt that I put on, the smile on my face grew bigger and bigger – each skirt fit perfectly and they were in excellent condition.  I was so happy and thankful that I did not buy the plaid skirt on Saturday when I originally found it.  If I had bought it on Saturday, then I wouldn't have gone back to the thrift store and I probably would've missed out on the blessing of finding four more fabulous skirts. 

When I walked over to the cashier this time, I had complete peace about making this purchase.  With a huge smile on my face, I handed over five skirts and one sweater to the lady behind the counter, and she said that my total was $43.24.  I pulled out my envelope which had my clothing money in it, and I had $43.25 – the exact amount of money that I needed to buy the clothes.  It was perfect.  At that moment, I knew for sure that this purchase (and the plaid skirt) was simply meant to be.     


  1. Yeah, I'm still trying to believe it all myself!

  2. Really cool!! It was really meant to be!! Good for you.

  3. I love how God does those little things for us, just to make us feel special, and take part in things we enjoy.