The Yellow Chair

by | May 20, 2007 | Abiding, Presence

We have a big yellow chair in our family room. I just love that thing. It’s perfect for curling up with the laptop or watching a movie–whatever. The only downside of the big yellow chair is that it has a bit of a Venus Flytrap reflex. Maybe more accurately, that yellow chair is like the Bermuda Triangle of the family room. Things just disappear in there.

Turn the yellow chair upside down, give it a good shake and you’ll think you’ve hit the jackpot. Last time we gave it a shake, it rained enough change for a cheeseburger, fries and a chocolate shake–super-sized even. And it wasn’t only money. Out tumbled my good lipstick, a bite-sized Snickers, my checkbook (I’d been looking for that thing), hand lotion, two ink pens and nail polish in three different shades. That’s when I realized that I had about as much in my yellow chair as I had in my purse! There were even mints in there–though none I would ever want to actually put in my mouth. I will point out, however, that mints that come with the fiber built right in would likely promote better health AND fresher breath. One more need met! All in all, I could conceivably put a shoulder strap on that yellow chair and haul it along as a handbag without missing anything I really needed.

I love to think about how our Heavenly Father provides for us in the biggest “yellow-chair” kind of way. Our God provided our salvation–our one true eternal need. Within that salvation is everything else we need to boot. If our salvation were the yellow chair, all the goodies inside would be his faithful provision for our every daily need. Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Is there anything we truly need he doesn’t provide? No! Dwelling on that glorious provision makes me feel so very rich. Richer even than a lady who hauls around a yellow purse the size of an overstuffed chair.

Rhonda Rhea


The Yellow Chair