On “Black Friday” this year, my brave and courageous wife went out to by a laptop computer because hers had crashed. As Sue went out the door I said, “It’s been nice knowing you”. I guess she needed a “really good deal”. Why else would one risk life and limb by shopping on such a grave day. Well, I’ll tell you why else one would take the chance– In a word… coffee.
As I reveled in my good fortune at not having to shop that morning, I suddenly realized that my coffee maker had “given up the ghost” along with her laptop.
Friends, nothing compels me like coffee, or more precisely, lack thereof.
So, I went to Target, thinking as I drove that perhaps I should have reviewed my Last Will and Testament, prior to taking this rash move. But when you haven’t had your morning coffee, every move is rash and pretty much everyone within eyesight is at risk.
To my pleasant surprise… it was not a riot in progress. Parking was easy. A blessing. The store was easily navigable. Another blessing. There were many coffee makers from which to choose. Blessing!!! And… wait for it… there was a RED coffee maker that would go perfectly in our Coca Cola Kitchen. Bright and Shiny and Red. Blessing upon blessing. The only downside was that its shiny newness, and lack of black accent parts, made my toaster look old and out of place. Otherwise… PERFECT!!!
Except for the fact that the automatic turn off did not work on the shiny, red coffee maker for which I took that risk on Black Friday. The automatic shut off did not work on the shiny red-exactly-the-same- model replacement. It did not work on the third try either. Target had no more red coffee makers, so I took the refund and sadly went on to WalMart, where every shopping day carries risk. I was truly disappointed because the shiny red coffee maker was simple and perfect… except for the automatic shut off and its making the toaster look old.
Guess what? My new coffee maker is red… wait for it… and black, thereby not making my toaster look old or mismatched. It’s simple to operate. The top opens the right way. It cost less than the shiny red allowing me to purchase the permanent coffee filter, thereby eliminating the need for paper filters (see previous PPP last year to appreciate the blessing of not running out of paper filters).
Hey! God really does work ALL THINGS to good for those who love Him. I love God! And I am truly thankful for His love for me! Especially His love through Jesus!
Happy Advent and Coffee Making,