Since we are all confined at home due to the coronavirus, I thought I would offer to mail you a copy of this newly-released book, COFFEE with God (as long as the mail continues to run). It is a 30-day devotional book written by me and four other North Alabama authors. The “new life” theme may brighten our spirits with stories about spring, Easter, birds, babies, and flowers. Mail your address and $10 to me at: Becky Alexander, 173 Ghost Hill Road, Decatur, AL 35603. See a sample devotion below called “The Old Blue Chair.” Everybody stay safe!
The Old Blue Chair
“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” Psalm 18:19 (NIV)
She had been in the family for years, ever-present in her usual place in the living room. Her blue, soft covering calmed those who slowed down enough to sit for a while. Her squeaky rock comforted four generations—a baby boy when he cried, a mom when she was exhausted, a grandma when she was stressed, and a great-grandpa when his body ached. Her strong and steady frame withstood climbing, bouncing, plopping, and roughhousing. Her cushions absorbed snores, laughs, secrets, sobs, and prayers. The old blue chair was beloved by all.
As the time came for the old blue chair to be replaced, my heart would not allow it. She was one of us, a delight to our days, a witness to our lives, a link to our history. I decided to rescue her rather than bury her. She still possessed strength in her frame; it was her fabric that displayed thin areas, fuzzy spots, and protruding padding. So I embarked on a search for new fabric.
At a local store, I found the perfect pattern to honor the old blue chair. It flaunted big flowers in a contemporary design. Yes, it contained blue, but also orange, lime green, hot pink, yellow, and red. My first thought was, “What a happy print!” I purchased the fabric and hauled the chair to an upholstery shop.
A week later I picked up a bright and beautiful chair that looked like new. Because she was no longer an old blue chair, I appropriately renamed her “the happy chair.” To this day she sits in her familiar place in the living room. Just this week my three-year-old granddaughter, Sadie, tugged on my shirt. I bent down, and we exchanged a big hug. Then she made a simple statement that caused me to smile: “Happy chair, soft blanket.” I knew exactly what she meant. She wanted Grammy to rock her in our special place—the old chair that continues to create loving memories for our family.
We are much like that old blue chair. Life scurries around us and plops on top of us at times. If we see someone hurting or tired, we offer comfort. Through both good days and difficult ones, we do our best to remain steady and strong. We relish in the sounds that reach our ears—laughter, prayers, and even snores. All the while God watches over us from above and delights in us. And when we begin to wear thin in spots from the stresses of the world, He rescues us, providing us with a new covering of happiness. We are beloved by Him.
Dear God Who Rescues, life has plopped on top of me. I am stressed, weary, hurting. Please rescue me—I want to find joy in life again. Cover me anew with your happiness, so that I can once more offer comfort and encouragement to others. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.