Sunday, December 19, 2010

Seeing God in a Pea Coat

Before I get into the why behind this title I have a couple of thoughts.

1. Who came up with that name?

Pea Coat?

Was the first one green?

Since I'm too lazy to look up the real reason it is called that, I will pretend that the designer made the first one in pea green. As people commented on his/her (I'm inclined to think it was a man because of the name) design and how much they liked it (because they obviously must have since they are so popular), he/she would say, "Oh, thank you. I call it my pea coat." And pea coat it will forever be, no matter the color.

The more I write about it the more I'm doubting it is called that. Do we really say, "Oh, I bought a Pea Coat today. It's red."

I googled it. It is assuring me that I am not crazy.

2. This post has nothing to do with me actually seeing God in a Pea coat. I sincerely doubt God would wear anything by that name. :-)

I'm beginning to wonder if I should wear anything by that name.

So..... why am I writing about Pea Coats?

Last night my sister bought an adorable black Pea Coat at a thrift store for $5.

It put a thought in my head.

I'd like one.

I don't really need it. I have two very nice casual winter coats. They do very well.

So, it isn't a need. Just a thought that it would be fun to have. :-)

I forgot about it by morning and didn't think about it again until it was time to put a coat on for church.

I zipped up my casual one satisfied that it would do just fine.

We deposited the kids in their classes and listened to a great sermon about Christmas.

As we were leaving our seats, I heard my name.

I turned to find a friend from Church.

The first words out of her mouth were, "Do you need a coat?"

I'd already been over the fact that I didn't need one, but I asked what kind.

"A Pea Coat."

I smiled and told her of my morning thoughts.

She smiled and said, "She wasn't going to give it to me, but it was like God kept telling her to give it to me."

I love how He works.

Before I even thought I might want a Pea Coat, God had already put it on her heart to give it to me.

The coat fits, of course. It is black. And I love it because it has a couple of ruffles in the front that make it a little unique.

Thank you God, and thank you Carol for my new coat.

And that is how I see God in a Pea Coat.

He knew I needed the reminder that He cares for me all the time, even when sometimes I can't feel it.

Happy Sunday!


MommaMindy said...

Praise Jehovah Jireh, our Provider! Since He knows the words before they are on our tongues, it isn't too hard for Him to work in such a glorious way! Loving the thought of you wrapped in a coat provided by the Lord.

Lynn said...

As my husband always says, "God loves to give gifts to His children!"

Praise the Lord - what a great story!

Teresa :-) said...

I love these little stories. They give me goosebumps!! Oh, and maybe the name originally was pee coat because it was a mom who invented it when she was potty training her kids. Just a thought...

Teresa :-) said...

I was gong thru your things at the house last week for Dustin and I came across this coat. It made me smile as I remembered the story that went with it. I miss you.