Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Old Trunk Returns......

I go to garage sales.....and I am thankful for them. I also have large garage sales ..... and am thankful for them.  :)   One day several months or a year ago, as I was walking up to a garage sale, I mentioned to my son, "Oh, I used to have a green trunk like that." Since I have never seen another similar to "mine", I was a bit curious and we walked to it to get a closer look.

 As I was looking at it, it struck me that I had had THAT very trunk. The stenciling was mine and the lace that was glued on was also. I still have the stencils at home that I used to paint the trunk and had used the same stencils on other things. I was shocked to see "My Stenciling/My Trunk" and told the lady at the sale, "That used to be my trunk!" She laughed and said that she LOVES that trunk and had bought it years ago, but was downsizing and had to get rid of it, but was sad to do so.

We talked about it and I realized that it had to have been 21 years ago or so when I sold it. I knew because I hadn't wanted to sell it.....I really liked it and had used it for many purposes. At the time, we were using it as a toy box for our oldest and it worked great for that............until our child was able to get the toys out and put them away by himself.

The trunk is old and very sturdy and heavy........and the lid of the trunk is very heavy and I was concerned about our son being hurt if it fell. Much was in the news at the time about that very thing, which further frightened me. Money was very tight, so the money from the trunk would be a blessing and I sold it at our garage sale or through the paper.....I can't remember which it was. I hadn't even thought about that trunk in years.


Well, this lady was THE lady who bought it.......she remembered buying it from a young family and has used it and loved it ever since. Even more remarkable is that we have moved since then, to a different town........and she did too. We both laughed about the "coincidence".

 Of course, I bought the trunk from her! :)   She was delighted that it was going to someone who would appreciate it.........and especially to sell it back to ME. What a small world.


When my husband and I bought our first house, the older couple who sold to us, left a few things behind for us when they moved - a large mirror, an old sewing machine, the green chest and few other things. We moved from an apartment to the house and had little, and the items they left were such a treat to us.

To see that trunk again..............and then to realize that it was the SAME trunk, was quite amazing and I still marvel over it. Only the Lord could have orchestrated such a thing after 21 years.......to 2 people who had both moved.......and she still had the trunk........and I rarely go to garage sales in the area where her sale was........ and I just "happened" to go to that area....on the very day of the sale....as they were opening......while the trunk was still there.........at a very great price. God used it to encourage me that day........and I still look at the trunk and thank God for His love and care and continued watching over us. I didn't need that trunk, but what FUN to find it and have it again............and share the story with our children. None of our children remembered it at all and only the oldest had even seen it before, but he was too young to remember. Still, it is a family story that is 
special. 


I had actually forgotten all about that trunk. At the time that we used the trunk, I was in a stenciling mode.......walls, furniture and more...........and I stenciled the trunk and used hot glue to put the lace on. It was also amazing that the stenciling was in such good shape after all these years. Some is scratched off the vinyl on the top, but most of it is in excellent shape.


 If God can take care of an old trunk and direct its movements, it just reaffirms that He can certainly take care of us and our needs. It is so easy to doubt...........and so silly. May we learn to trust Him more and fret much less!

I hope you are also learning to grow in Christ and trust in Him.............and that you know Him as your personal Savior. What a blessing to walk with him in daily life. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a wonderful day.

"Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord; that walketh in His ways." Psalm 128:1

Other sites you may enjoy............




Vintage Charm Party 
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Good Morning Monday
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Motivate and Rejuvenate Monday 

21 comments:

  1. What a neat trunk.. I love the story behind it! Thanks for visiting Night Owl Corner....just stopping by to check out your blog too!
    Linda
    www.nightowlcorner.com

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    1. Thank you.......the story of this old trunk returning after 21 years will go down in our family history. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  2. Thank you for stopping by.....I love having a story behind that old trunk too. :)

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  3. A fun story and a great analogy. Thanks for sharing this engaging story.

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    1. Thank you.........it is so nice how many ways we can see God's love and care for us in simple things in life. I appreciate you stopping by. :)

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  4. Praise God for bringing the trunk back to you at the right time!

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    1. He sure did ... and I have been praising Him for it. :)

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  5. how very wonderful...the truck was meant to come back to you and inspire you once again

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    1. It was pretty special.... and such a "coincidence"... except that I am sure God orchestrated it. :)

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  6. Oh wow! That is so neat that you got it back!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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    1. It is... thank you .. and I am so sorry I took so long to reply to these comments.

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  7. I love your "trunk story." My husband had a similar thing happen with a trumpet he had played as a teenager. Because the trumpet was so old and was no longer being manufactured, it had become quite valuable. When our church was raising money to help another church, we weren't financially able to give, so we donated the trumpet with the idea that they would sell it. Ten or more years passed and a friend was working at that same church. He became aware that the church still had the trumpet. A number of musicians had used it through the years and now it was just stored. We were able to buy it back. Later our son used it when he was in high and, hopefully, one of the grandchildren will pick it up. It is amazing, isn't it, how God watches over even "little things" in our lives.
    Blessings!

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    1. What a wonderful story.... I know that God is involved in our lives and that He knows all things... and I just love the specific example of it. :)

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  8. What an awesome example of how God directs our steps, and takes care of those we love, even if we aren't there to do so. I needed to be reminded of this tonight. Thanks for posting this to Motivate and Rejuvenate Mondays!

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    1. That's true... and I am glad God used this for you... thank you so much for visiting and commenting... it was nice to have you. :)

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  9. It sure is a small world and amazing how God orchestrates things to bring pleasure to us and to bring us closer to Him. You are right not trusting God is so silly, just look what He did for you and how much joy that trunk is bringing you. He so cares for us. Thanks for sharing this amazing story with us at Good Morning Mondays and what a beautiful family story to share for generations to come. Blessings

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    1. Such a nice comment... thank you for visiting and sharing this. :)

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  10. WOW - that's one of the best stories I've heard in a long time and I liked Your message about God - very timely for me. Thanks for sharing. I stopped by from Vintage Charm # 73.

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    1. It was so amazing to me too.... shocking, actually, in that it could not have just "happened". I'm glad it was timely for you... and I am so glad you stopped by. :)

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  11. Wow, what a great lesson in your trunk ;) Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

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    1. I love those kinds of lessons... they seem so personalized to me from God. :)

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