Not long ago while shopping at a thrift store with our oldest son Derek I stumbled upon the perfect “me time” accessory… a brand new inflatable heart shaped bath pillow, bright red terry cloth, scalloped edges complete with a half off price tag… score !!! My sore muscles wildly cheering me on, hoping for some TLC to soothe them due to over zealousness on my part.
Finally, the long awaited moment arrived, pillow inflated, bath drawn, and an older issue of Country Living magazine to leisurely peruse through while unwinding. This particular beloved addition had already helped me on my journey of relaxation a time or two before. It’s warped, well worn pages to prove it. Perhaps the fact that the magazine has been previously around the block a time or two has caused a less then peaked interest, liken to when my eyes beheld its’ fresh sleek attractive pages for the first time. Surprisingly, what caught my attention this time around was an acne treatment advertisement. Not that it had beautiful inviting photos wooing me, or a need to purchase this product, for I already had several options in my arsenal of beauty treatments. Immediately captivating me was it’s boldly printed words within the layout.. the first word was Renew then Revitalize followed by Repair and lastly my personal favorite Rejoice. Who knew there was a sermon in an ad ready to sooth my aching soul with a promise.
Our God who is without blemish, promises to Renew, ridding us of the old making way for lives pulsating with vitality. A hope that Revitalizes us, as it heals up our inner wounds alleviating emotional obstacles that impede our lives. Thus, bringing His light into every dark area of our heart, mind, soul and body. Repairing our broken lives from gathered truth gleaned at the foot of the cross, bountiful promises of His covenant unveiled amidst an empty tomb. Jesus, the lamb of God, who sits upon the throne, interceding for us daily, moment by moment. Forever we breathe and exist under His watchful care, His faithful guarantee. An elaborate presentation of redemption and grace; given freely, offered without price and yet priceless! We stand before God, wounded, flawed, stained, and imperfect. While He looks upon us as His beloved bride, veiled in mercy, clothed in His righteousness; a perfect picture of His glorious handiwork. Who would’ve thought that such a wonderful revelation of truth would leap out from a blemish advertisement. While exhausted muscles celebrated, so did my drained soul as it was filled up right along with the drawn bath water.
Lord… Thank you that you have so many ways to speak to your children whether it be in a sunset, rainbow, a warm hug, or even an ad in a worn magzine. May we hear you, mindful of your still small voice, and with every breath we take inhaling the fragrance of Christ. While every exhale we release your glory. We Rejoice that our sins are forgiven through you…knowing in Christ we always have a blemish free guarantee.