So this is what it means to be rich, I think to myself, as the attendant takes my gift card and I pull into the Blue Cow Car Wash. The young guys give my dirty Montana car a good spray down, and then I put my car in neutral and let the magic happen.
As I roll out the other end of the wash, in my now-shiny sedan, a young man wipes out the inside of my door and tells me to have a good day.
“Thank you,” I say, the way rich people say thank you, even if this fancy wash was just a one-time treasure gifted to me by the PTO at my school. I’m not above pretending I could live this way all of the time.
Then, as I pull out, I see a guy using the free vacuum, and this is incredible: he has taken his ancient truck through the rich-people car wash, and the truck is one piece of rust from bumper to bumper. But there he is, bent over the front seat –carefully vacuuming the inside of his piece of junk.
Of course, one of my all-time favorite verses comes to mind, and you’ll know it because I’ve blogged about it 537,000 times (ish):
Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV)
That truck was just the encouragement for my own heart, because there sure have been some dear ones in my life struggling with their health over the last few weeks. I’ve been lying in bed every morning praying for them and feeling a mom kind of worried.
Sad fact is that we’re all on our way to rusting out. There’s not enough high-end car wash in the world to change that.
But on the inside –well the inside is worth vacuuming. Good stuff is happening where only we and God know it. We’re learning to love, to forgive, to share, to be kind, and to persevere through hard times. He’s making us new, new, new.
Sorry about the rusting exterior, but let’s not lose heart.