Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Shelf.

Little story:
When The Man and I were newlyweds I worked at a travel agency.
Prior to that I had been a flight attendant and had gone to school and earned a degree in Travel and Tourism.
I'd worked for 2 different airlines in numerous positions, including training other people.
I had a lot of knowledge in the industry.
But this agency insisted on hiring me as a receptionist to start.

They assured me that they'd move me into a travel agent spot very quickly.
So I was the secretary (with the title of "receptionist.") I answered phones.
Played hours of tetris. Surfed the internet for other jobs.
Stocked the travel brochures.

It bored me to tears.
I spent about 3 hours a day ordering new travel brochures and stocking them on the shelf.
The promised promotion to a travel agent never happened.
I finally quit the job and went back to work for an airline that was thrilled to use my knowledge.

Then we had a kid. Then moved to Colorado and had another kid.
Then we moved back to Kansas. Then a few years later had a third kid.

Now skip ahead a few years.

One day recently my friend and I were in a thrift store and she pointed out a white wooden shelf.

Obviously handmade, chippy paint...
I loved it! Had to have it. For $5? You bet.
I had no idea where I'd use it in my home.
The shelves are so close together that almost nothing will fit on them.
Not even a can of soda.
It's only about 7" deep.

After I got it home, I moved it into my office.
And would you just look at how perfectly my things fit in there?!

When I was stocking it I realized that it has names of countries written on it.
It slowly dawned on me that this is the exact shelf I spent so many hours stocking years ago!
Back then I grumbled when I saw Greenland and Luxembourg.
Now I wonder if these are places I'll get to travel someday.
England? Hmmmm, yes... maybe England.

How cool is our God?

How amazing that He really does pay attention to every little detail of our lives, even if it's miserably stocking shelves.

And now this in my home, helping me thrive with my jewelry business, and giving me big dreams rather than stifling them.

How awesome that He took time to have me buy this shelf in the thrift store and revealed to me the true value of what I was doing years ago.

God truly does care. And looking back now, I realize that I should have been grateful, not grumbling, to be stocking the shelves.

Let every little thing that we do be for His glory.

He's always there... looking, loving, caring.


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Casey said...

That is one awesome shelf! Looks like it's a perfect fit for you too. Oh and congrats on how well your business is doing!

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

what a treasure! love just what you found to do with it!

Sheyb said...

Great post, Beki! That is crazy that shelf ended up in your home! You're such an inspiring woman!


Suze said...

Oh lovely story, Becky, and lovely shelf you have!

You should post it on "Check my Shelf" blog with the whole story! Have a look if you don't know it already, it's fun. http://checkmyshelf.blogspot.com/

I found "Check my Shelf" via my new blog friend Lou at http://happyserendipity.com and I'll submit my shelf soon!

Ciao from Italy!


Molly said...

Oh that is so neat! I wonder what God has in store for you since He put that shelf back in your life! Love the new business name, very you :)
~Molly P

becca said...

what a very cool story! and it does fit all your things so perfectly!

Lori Allberry said...

Good morning Beki - oh my goodness, that is the coolest story! I love it! What a coinky-dink indeed! I think this does have meaning - what that meaning is - who knows? But it has to have a meaning behind it - that is awesome!


Jennifer said...

Brain storm! You're a diva of design!!! Well, I love the shelf - I am a card maker and have been spilling my card making guts all over my living room for months now - the business is taking off - and I finally said to myself - "you need to make a bedroom into a work room" - what to do with the closet to make it work - this is it!!! Another job for my hubby. Thanks, Jennifer

Mary Richmond said...

I love the way what goes around comes around ;-)

Thanks for sharing your story and your shelf....and maybe all those names will become real places for you in the next years...

Beth said...

What a fun twist! The shelves are beautiful--enjoy them!

Gina said...

WOW, I bet God has some cool meaning behind it, can't wait til He shows you what it is! Love the shelf by the way!

Heather @ Life Made Lovely said...

What a wonderful twist of fate!! And for only $5! It looks so pretty with all your packing supplies.

kraftykash said...

Definately worth the $5.00 you spent and then some!

My Trendy Tykes said...

Oh wow! That is so neat.

rentz said...

Pretty neat, Beki. Wow, $5. Sounds like a steal to me.

Kimmay said...

What a great story! It's so interesting to see how far we've come.

Ruth said...

oh i love it!! what a brilliant story. i'm gonna be snooping around my office now, trying to guess what might turn up again in the future ;)

thumbs up to england. but i would also totally come find you in luxembourg. first choice is greece, though. ok? i'll be waiting with cocktails and hot waiters.

Martha said...

I LOVE it!!! How neat ~ isn't it funny how it happened...you can now use it for what you love to do:)

merlin said...

Perspective is a bless-ed thing isn't it?!

Erica said...

omg beki that's so cool! wow!

Tina said...

Beki! That is so bizarre that you ended up with the same shelf! What a fab story! If you ever figure out the reason behind it all (keep drinking that coffee), I hope you will share:) What a fabulous post!! Have a lovely day - Tina x

Spadazzle said...

Wow! I think that is a sign of something:)

Cindi said...

Great find for $5! Maybe that shelf is back in your life to remind you hat God took you out of. If you hadn't despised so much, what that shelf represented, perhaps you never would have taken the steps to become the artist you are today. Just a thought.

karla said...

that is an awesome story. Circle of Life?

Rachel said...

Great story! God certainly has a way of bringing things around and shedding new light, doesn't he? Glad your shelf is full of joyful things now!

Lisa Holman of XSBaggage and Co. said...

Your shelf story gave me chills. I believe God had a hand in the way that despised shelf came back to you to remind you of where you've been and how far you've come. Amazing isn't it?!

And, also, OMG!!!! Eddie Ross commented on your story!!!!

Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!} said...

God does work in mysterious ways, doesn't He?! What a wonderful story...and a great shelf!

jonahbonah said...

no way! that is so neat!!!!!


Vicki said...

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction! Looks great in your home!

Pat S said...

Beki - I used to work with you at that travel agency and still work there! That's HILARIOUS that you have ended up with those shelves after all this time! I enjoy keeping up with you reading your blog!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh that is soooo cool. Kind of gives you goosebumps huh?!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Pat, you sneaky little stalker!!! I miss you!

(And yeah y'all, I about fainted when Eddie Ross left a comment. How crazy cool is that?!)

gina said...

WOW- this story just gave me the chills. You nailed it right on, it has deeper meaning- it's total inspiration to look back and see where you were and KNOW it was meant to be that someday you would be RIGHT HERE following your dreams RIGHT NOW- it was MEANT TO BE!!!!!

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

that is just too cool!

Artsnark said...

Fantastic shelf - what a steal! Even better with the story

Trenna said...

Again, soon, please!

artsyclay said...

Wonderful story! God is smiling and chuckling about the "coincidence"!

Christina said...

Yes, that is a great story. Seriously, the exact same shelf? Very cool.

Carol said...

Love your jewelry, love your story! Thanx for sharing~

Becki@Just The Three of Us said...

Hi! I love your shelf!

How can I check on the status of my order? Placed it through etsy.

Thank you!