Pockets Full of Holes
ARTIFACT • FLOWER
We walked up and down the rows, the shimmer in each color was a little less than intoxicating. Seeing our reflection shine on every contour only drew us closer as we imagined ourselves within each one we passed. Every word spoken by our guide was so enticing that we could not find the will to resist. Like a secret mission, we hadn’t told anyone what we were adventuring to do, we wanted it to be a surprise. The weather on this particular evening was a thousand times clearer than our judgement. My wife was nineteen years old, and I was twenty, and we had been married for just a few moons. Both holding good jobs that paid well for our age, we continually had to freshly sew our pockets as money burned a hole right through them. Passionately, our tour led us to “the one.” The aroma inside was so uniquely clean, it seemed that all of our senses were awakened with each breath. Endless extra options, all of which seemed necessary for survival. We were convinced, we needed a new truck. Scarcely believing how easy it was, driving our brand new truck off the dealership lot was definitely the pinnacle of our ownership. The grip of my hands on the steering wheel, and my beautiful girl close by, this was the life of our dreams; easy payment by easy payment. Eventually the new car smell wore off as we faithfully assisted the process with double cheeseburgers and French fries. A favorite target for the neighborhood avians, the clear coat of the paint began to shine a little less with each run through the car wash. However, the death blow to our two door fantasies was the expansion of our family as we were now stuck for years to come.
PRESENT PLEASURE OVERPOWERED FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS.
Hard payment by hard payment, we payed the sticker price twice.
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
Isaiah 40:1-2 NIV
What God has done in spite of us is rather remarkable. Imagine life today seeking his comfort and provision before and not just after each decision.