September 14, 2016

I am not a fan of shopping; however, I am a fan of really good deals. Since the start of school I’ve known that I really need to get a couple more pairs of pants to wear to school. Then on Labor Day as my wife was running out of the house, she told me she was on her way to Savers and asked if I wanted to go. I thought, “This is my chance, Savers always has great deals.” Then on the way to the store she tells me clothes are half off, and now I was about as excited to shop for clothes as I can get.

When we got to the store I headed over to where the men’s pants are located and started hunting. That is the other advantage of going to Savers, it can be more like an adventure than like shopping. As I went through the racks I found two pairs of pants that I thought would work, so I grabbed them and ended up buying them. I don’t know exactly what this says about me, but I love paying a total of $5 for two pairs of pants.

One of the pairs was really wrinkled; it looked like it had been stored in a ball. I threw it in the washer and dryer thinking most of the wrinkles would come out. No such luck; it was just as wrinkled as when I started. I began to realize why I was able to get them for $2.50. I hung them in my closet hoping they would even out a little. They were made of a material that can be a little tricky to iron. After a couple days in the closet I looked and sure enough, they were just as wrinkled as before. I had thoughts of throwing them out and eating the $2.50 when I decided to go ahead and see if the iron would work on them. To my amazement, every wrinkle came out with ease. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and I went from being resigned that it would never work to having a pair of pants I wore to school the next day.

As I was watching the wrinkles come out I immediately thought about writing this devotion. Sometimes we look at ourselves and see all the wrinkles and think there is no way we can look new again. We are ready to give up and feel like maybe we should be tossed aside. But then God intervenes. He is like that iron, able to take every wrinkle out. He wipes away every stain and makes us new again. As easy as it is for us to sometimes give up on things because we see the imperfections, we have a God who never gives up on us. He calls us His own. That is our awesome God.

Mr. Robert Koehne
Executive Principal