When Sophia was little she was scared when we’d go through a car wash, we’d have to give her a stuffed animal to hold, hold her hand and talk her through it…..dark tunnel, loud noises and splashes of water against the windows can really be a little frightening.
Now at a ripe old 4.5 yrs old – she BEGS to go to the car wash, she LOVES the wax treatment of two colors that blend into one and the kids say “Mom it smells so good….like bubble gum!” So – every now and then I indulge in an overpriced car wash to “entertain” the kids and save my arm from the cheaper wand wielding version I can get in town with a slew of quarters.
Recently was just such a day – I sprung for the expensive one only to have it rain the next day…..wish that van washing trick worked to bring rain in the summer when we are hitting day 23 of 100 degree weather in a row without a whisper of moisture in the air!
The frugal part of me gets annoyed that I didn’t believe the weatherman at the chance of rain and more that I “wasted” my money on the car wash when I won’t get to enjoy a clean vehicle as long as I’d like.
Does God feel that way about us – annoyed that we didn’t listen to his forecast like the people of old when he told them he was sending his son and they didn’t accept that miracle son when he did come? When I’m worrying about wasting my money, do I relish in the joy of a 4 year old laughing at the car wash enjoying the water washing our van clean. Am I able to see Jesus washing away my sins like the dirt from my van? I answer “yes” what do you answer today?
So, instead of a Starbucks moment….I think I’ll save on the expensive Mocha Fraps I like and take in a few more car washes this year….Blub Blub1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2