I have been on a search for a cute lightweight coat for the weather around here! My old one is shredding and it was time for a new one! But, finding one that met all my criteria has proved impossible.
I finally found one I liked (minus a hood) and it fit great - but I did not buy it because it was not on sale! I figured I could always order it online when it went on sale, but upon arriving home (1 hr. and 15 minutes from the mall) I noticed they were already out of my size, so the coat would have to be located in a store.
And, so the saga began - I called the store and tried to order the coat over the phone. But, that was against their policy. So, I called my friend Melissa and asked her to check the store near her which she graciously agreed to do.
They did not have the coat, but offered to order it. So, that's what we did. And, it arrived promptly two days later - in the wrong size. Another trip back to the store - we returned the too big coat and re-ordered the correct size.
Days went by and no coat arrived. I finally tried to call the store - but their line was busy and I could not get through. So, Melissa graciously agreed to go again. She got the name of the manager I needed to speak to and I was able to get through and speak with her.
Again, I was assured the coat was on its way and thought everything was straightened out. And, the coat arrived in the designated time, but with the ink tag still in place. Sigh - was this coat really worth all of this?
Melissa made yet another trip to the store with the coat since she lives much closer than I do to have the tag removed and I was able to wear it home from church on Sunday!
In the end, this fiasco has turned into a blessing - between all the $5 coupons they gave me and some birthday money I had in advance - I did not spend a thing on this coat and actually came out $10 to the good - which I gave Melissa for all of her trouble.
I just love how God cares for us so generously. He knows I was concerned about paying full price for the coat and yet that I really liked it and how it fit. And, He provided - yes, it seemed very frustrating at the time, but as I looked back it was a blessing in disguise.
I will enjoy wearing this coat all the more knowing how sweetly God provided for it! And, it reminds me of other times in my life when something has seemed like a huge fiasco and has turned out costing less or nothing at all just for the trouble. To me, it is worth the trouble for a reminder of His provision and care for us!
Do you have a story like this? Where your fiasco became a blessing? Please share!