Do you ever get an idea that springs up from nowhere? A random thought unexpectedly popping its way into your consciousness? Here’s my most recent one:
God’s mercy is like a hand towel.
Say what?! Yep, that’s right. This is the type of stuff that happens in my head. Weird, I know. Think about it, though.
Here are 3 scenarios to stimulate our thinking.
Let’s say you go to visit someone, and in the course of that visit, you find you need to wash your hands for whatever reason. You go to the bathroom sink only to find no towel available. You scan the room a second time. Surely, you’re overlooking it. Nope. No hand towel.
Possibly more disturbing is, you visit someone who has a hand towel, but it looks like it’s been hanging there since the ’90s. Stiff as a board. You think to yourself, “My pants will work just fine.”
In this example, I’m about to reveal my inner freak. No judgements, okay?
One of my greatest joys is to visit a home where the hostess/host has thought about their guests. They ensure there is a towel, and it’s fresh. I love to be one of the first people to use it. I’m not a germ-a-phobe. I simply love the way a new towel hangs and feels. It’s so inviting.
Since it’s completely dry, you walk away with dry, clean hands. Unlike the later part of the day when the towel begins to feel damp with frequent use. Sometimes, slight soiling becomes visible from others who were unsuccessful in removing all the dirt with the soap and water.
Sometimes, my life feels just like this: a dirty used towel – wet and soiled from use. Anyone else?
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions (mercies) never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
God is the ultimate host. He knows that life is dirty. He knows we need to freshen up with a little washing of the hands (or heart). So, He puts out a new towel every morning – crisp, fresh, hanging straight. Aren’t you glad?
Whatever happened yesterday, forget it. It’s done. Talk to God about it, then let it go. Dust off your britches and get back up again. Today is a new day. His mercy (compassion) is new and waiting for you.