The Matching Rug

Submitted by Mike and Anna Ortmann

Just after we got married, my husband landed a job in Texas.  We had a lot of things to get for our home that first year and we put ourselves on a tight budget.  Our goal was to have our school loans paid off and be debt-free within two years.  Whenever we needed something for our home, no matter how large or small, we would pray about it and without fail, we would find it at a thrift store or garage sale for as much as 90% off brand-new cost.  But the real test of our faith came when we needed a rug.

After first moving to Texas, I purchased a small runner for our kitchen (one of the very few items we bought new from a store).  A year later, we moved to West Texas and into a home with ceramic tiled flooring.  By then we had a baby that was just learning to sit up and crawl, and we desperately needed an area rug to protect him from the hard floor.  So, we prayed!  We prayed for a rug that would be clean, safe, and match the small carpet runner we had purchased when we lived eight hours further east.

One day, as we drove into town, we spotted a garage sale sign and at the last minute, we decided to stop.  I didn’t bother to get out since it was hot and I was pregnant with our second baby.  I watched curiously as my husband brought back a rolled-up rug, but I wasn’t very hopeful.  When we got home and rolled out the rug, I was speechless.  It was clean, without stains, and a perfect match to the runner we had purchased 500 miles away.

We were able to pay off all of our debt in less than two years.  Every time we see the matching rugs, we are reminded of how faithful God is and how much he cares about our every need, including matching rugs.

“Faith is not faith until it is all you’re holding on to!”

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