As some of you may know--especially those who live here--the South has been experiencing quite the heat wave! It's been HOT, HOT, HOT! So hot that you just don't even want to go outside...unless you have a pool to jump into. Which we did not. But we didn't want to have to keep the kiddos inside too much either.
Our little town actually has a wonderful city water park (big slides and all), but it is pretty expensive. Especially for a family of four and especially if you'd like to be there everyday-ha!
So Vince and I had been discussing purchasing one of those larger inflatable pools, but even the sale prices we'd seen were really stretching our already-stretched budget. Then I saw a sale paper for a local store that had a smaller size for a very reasonable price--something that we could afford and would be perfect for the kiddos.
So I went right over to check them out. However, I must tell you that on my way there I was praying about some things while driving (when you're alone in the car, this is a great opportunity to pray!) and, among other things, I specifically prayed for favor in making a wise decision about purchasing the pool. I even prayed about a certain feature for the pool.
Well, when I got there, they were totally out. Very disappointing, yes. So I inquired about a rain check (they couldn't guarantee they'd get any more) and about a replacement (they weren't interested). Finally I asked if they had a store in the neighboring city (they did) and if they could call and see if they had any left (they said they had "plenty").
So I hopped in my car and drove 20 minutes or so to the other store only to find out they didn't have any. The manager had misspoken because he had seen a few left the night before. He was very nice and very apologetic. And I was, once again, very disappointed. Especially since he'd said they had "plenty". Before I could really say anything though, he said "the only way I can see to make you happy is to give you this next size up for ____ (nearly half off and the price of 2 visits to the local water park)". That came to just a little bit more than the one I originally had gone there for, plus that pool had the specific feature I had prayed about! I said "I'll take it!"
I felt so blessed! We were able to afford a great little pool for the kiddos and it's actually big enough for us to cool of in, too--yea! We'll more than get our money's worth out of it during this summer, too.
God is good. He even thinks of the little things.