Dream Coat


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It wasn’t technicolored or fancy looking by any means, it was a simple grey-black winter coat and it was just his size. He was the younger of two boys, maybe six to seven years old, with eyes as wide as saucers. Accompanied by an older woman of a different ethnicity, they all had come to a local coat drive hosted by the Hyde Park Methodist, a church that graciously allowed people from my church to help staff the event.

It was near the end of the day and most kid’s coats had been chosen by the early crowd. His other brother ( I assumed) had found one from the slim pickings and the woman was working on the gray coat, trying to get the zipper to work. All the while the little boy was looking on with those big saucer eyes.

It was the eyes that got me.

I went over and offered my help to fix the zipper (which seemed way beyond my skill-set as time past by) while she looked for a coat for herself. The minutes piled on themselves as not one, but two zippers evaded any attempt to follow the path of least resistance and behave like normal zippers do. I was sweating; the boys have been at the bin holding free stuffed animals and now were back, holding a monkey and a Winnie-the Pooh.

Now I had eight eyes watching me.

I wanted desperately for that little boy to have this coat and the underneath my breath prayers were as fervent as any I’ve prayed…I wanted God to heal this zipper…now!

The little boy never said a word…he just keep looking, waiting and silently hoping.

I started to choke back tears over a used, hand-me-down, grey winter coast…and those beautiful eyes.

In those eyes, I saw myself.

When I was around eight, I remember walking into a huge building, full of strangers and somebody handing me a coat and boots…just my size. I remember being somewhat stunned and confused…more than likely my eyes were as wide as saucers, trying to take in all the events happening around me. The eyes of that little boy took me back in time and helped me see this day in a whole new way.

The woman came back (good naturedly) laughing, seeing that I was still trying to compel this stubborn fastening device to submission and quite innocently said…”Maybe, there’s a third zipper?” I thought to myself, “What coat has three zippers?” This coat didn’t look like the kind of coat that would have three zippers if such coats existed! Hesitantly I started to look the coat over for the elusive third zipper option. To my surprise, near the top, hidden under the collar, was the treasure we hoped to find. I pulled the zipper into place, zipped up the coat perfectly, hive-fived the woman all with laugher erupting from both of us.

The young boy, handing his stuffed animal to his brother for temporary safe keeping, put on his coat and smiled. A huge smile now competing with his eyes for who would win for being the largest expression on his happy face. I was smiling too… my prayers were answered and today a coat became more than a dream. It was a promise from Father God and His provision.

As they left, the little boy turned to look at me with those same eyes…

I was fighting back tears and thanking God for an amazing grey colored dream coat, complete with a third zipper.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

God Bless you all and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!


Dusty Rayburn said…
Happy Thanksgiving!

What a blessing to have a third zipper!
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Bro', you win the Earliest Commenter Award which wins you a third zipper! Or gratitude for life...whatever you choose!
Sheila Kimball said…
Love hearing this story again! The Coat Drive was an amazing blessing...and NOT just for those who needed coats. Thank you, Jesus. #somuchtobethankfulfo
Bill (cycleguy) said…
Fantastic story to focus me for this season Jay. Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving to you my friend.
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Bro'...it was a fantastic time for sure!
marthaorlando said…
Oh, my eyes welled up as I read this, Jay! That this experience brought back your own memories of being given that priceless coat was the icing on the cake. Our church has a coat drive each winter, but we don't have the privilege and the blessing to meet and greet those receiving these gifts. The "amazing grey colored dream coat" which made a little boy's heart sing is, indeed, a blessing from God.
Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend!
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Martha, the interaction with the folks that came for coats was one of the reasons our church wanted to be involved. It was a wonderful way to share the Father's love! Bless you sister!
Loren Pinilis said…
What a moving story. It's the little things that grab us emotionally and make us realize how blessed we really are.
Jay Cookingham said…
The Father gives those opportunities for a dual action blessing for sure...thanks for dropping by Loren!
floyd said…
"Gulp", this one got me…
Jay Cookingham said…
Me too bro'...me too...thanks for dropping by my friend!
TCAvey said…
Your post brought tears to my eyes.
Oh to love enough to get involved. To be moved beyond a momentary prayer and into action that can change lives.
I'm so thankful God loved us enough to get personally involved in our Salvation and lives. That we would all be moved enough to invest in the lives of others...even if it's a simple coat.
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks TC...God's investment changed everything didn't it! Bless you!

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