If you suffer from allergies as I do, you better get ready! Spring begins on March 20 this year, and with all those beautiful flowers and budding trees, comes hay fever and all those lovely symptoms that drive us all crazy. You’ll know when it begins because there will be endless Zyrtec commercials and the stores will all be completely out of Benadryl. I can certainly sympathize with everyone that will battle through all of the coughing, sneezing, and itching eyes because I deal with it every single day. In fact, my husband likes to tease me about using so many Kleenexes.
It’s usually the first item at the top of my shopping list. I have a box in almost every room of the house, and my car as well! Just the other day while I was sitting on the couch, watching television with my little boy, I discovered something quite disgusting, to be honest. I was about to get into a full-blown sneezing fit when I reached over to grab a Kleenex and came back with an already used tissue from the box. So, I reached for another tissue and it was used as well. I tried again and found yet another used tissue!
By then I was starting to get a little irritated, so I grabbed the box and started pulling them out one by one. Used. Used. Used. Dirty. Dirty. Dirty. THE WHOLE BOX! This charming, rambunctious little boy of mine had blown his nose on every single Kleenex and shoved them back into the box.
Now there were several things I could have thought about this and several ways I could have reacted. I could have gotten mad that he had wasted a whole box and then fussed at him for putting a used tissue back inside or I could have been proud of him for blowing his nose on a tissue instead of his shirt and then being thrifty enough to use them again later!
Then, as I was sitting there contemplating what to do, he looked at me and said, “Bless you!” Now there was no way in the world I could have possibly been mad at that point so, I just reached over and hugged him, kissed his silly little face, and thought, “I guess to him, they were worth saving.”
It was at that very moment that God reminded an irritated Mom that throughout the course of this life there are going to be things that wear us out, make us stress, and question why on earth the Lord would want someone as messed up, used, and dirty as each of us are.
The answer is simple. God knows that we are worth saving. He sees past the complicated mess that we make of ourselves and he looks at our real worth. When he sees us, it’s not the sin that he sees which determines whether or not he wants to save us, it’s the face of his only son, Jesus, who died for each of us. That is our worth in the eyes of Christ. And, “…because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in sins.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)
You see, there is nothing that we can ever do to earn God’s love, and it certainly cannot be bought. It is freely given to those who believe that “... when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy,” (Titus 3:4) I don’t know about you, but I am so glad that the Lord loves me, despite my imperfections. I am even more glad that he chose to save me, even when the world said I wasn’t worth saving. His mercy and grace is the reason that we can have hope, no matter what we’ve been through, no matter how flawed we are, and no matter how much we will falter in the future. You know, I am positive that my little boy didn’t understand how much wasting a box of Kleenex was going to bless me that day, but it sure did. So, the next time you go to toss away a used Kleenex, I hope that you are blessed, and reminded as well that we are ALL worth saving…regardless.