Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Perfect Purse

Many years ago I heard in a homily during Mass that God knows the desires of our hearts. Just recently I experienced this wonderful reality. My good friend invited me to a “Purse Party” where guests pay to select from beautiful fabrics and every kind of trim imaginable to have a purse custom made. This sounded like every woman’s dream, but unfortunately this wasn’t in our budget, so I declined. My friend told me all about the gorgeous materials and fancy trims and I could just imagine the purse she had chosen by her detailed description. I was truly happy for her and I couldn’t wait to see her finished creation!! In my own mind I also constructed my own “Perfect Purse” with my favorite colors and I imagined the fanciful trim to finish it off. A few days later, I was on a hunt at our local Goodwill store to find shoes for my oldest son whose feet seem to grow every few minutes! As we walked into the store, my daughter spied a purse in the glass case adjacent to the register. She exclaimed “ Oh Mommy, isn’t that the prettiest purse you have ever seen?” My gaze fell upon not just a pretty purse but my very own “Perfect Purse” I couldn’t believe it, here was the very purse I had imagined!! I assumed that it would be too expensive so I hesitantly asked the associate behind the counter “How much?” She said that it was probably expensive because they keep the pricier merchandise in the case. I asked her to humor me and tell me the price. She carefully extracted the treasure and removed the sales tag tucked inside and declared”$3.99.” My daughter said “Mommy is that too much?” As tears moistened my eyes, I whispered, “I think we can swing that.” As we excitedly made our purchase the conversations over the past few days filled my mind and I knew that God had blessed me with a desire of my heart. Some will say it’s a coincidence but I know better, and why not give the glory to God?
Even in my unworthiness and insignificance, God chose to show me His love and only He knows the number of hairs on my head and my design for the “Perfect Purse”.

Luke 12:7 "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered."

1 comment:

  1. I remember when you shared this story in Familia, and it still gives me goosebumps when I think about it! Thanks for sharing.