It’s a beautiful authentic piece; solid oak and over 30 years old. And now, it will be our first table for our very first home.
As we marvelled over this beautiful oak pedestal table that we scored on kijiji, the elderly Dutch gentleman in his green cardigan told us of how he had oiled it and cared for it over the years. We smiled, and listened. It was as though he had just finished his evening tea and really wanted to tell stories to anyone who would lend an ear. Troy’s hands ran across the top as he bent down to study the grooves of how it was made. Our non-verbals spoke volumes; we knew this was the dining set we’d been looking for.
The man told us how he had fed nearly 15 people around that table, much of which was after his wife died of cancer 30 years ago. The Dutchman left the room to grab the leaves, and as we pulled the table open Troy noticed a sticker from the original manufacturer, “Wood Craft”. This immediately signified to my honey that this piece was well made, and we’d found a gem. That simple sticker confirmed for us that we were getting something that was well made through and through.
We listened a while longer to the man tell us of his first home when he brought home his Dutch wife, then handed him the cash and shook on it. Delighted.
It’s just a table, but it was something we’d been holding out for, looking for, and that simple sticker on the inside, hidden where no one could see it, told us it was the real deal.
You know, God has done the same thing for us, in us, when we accept Christ and everything He did for us on the cross. He gives us His Holy Spirit, sealing us with every promise in His Word, as good as ours. And from then on we have the honour of walking with the Holy Spirit as Counsellor, Comforter, Guide, and Teacher. He continues to reveal Jesus as we walk with Him. (John 14:26)
The Apostle Paul tells the church in Ephesus in Ephesians 1:13, “In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.”
I don’t know about you, but my heart is that that seal, that promise, would shine bright as a confirmation to those I meet that Jesus is at work, and that’s all that matters; that those around me would see “Oh, she’s His girl.”
Like this table needs care and may need some refurbishing, it’s still got the label of its maker. I am His, and that’s all that really matters anyway 😉
Here’s the photo of what we hope to do with the table!