I was remembering a time long ago before some conveniences were there, when chores that had to be done took much longer, and took what seemed to be, so much care.
As simple a thing as ironing a shirt was done without the steam irons of today; in fact, everything back then had to be ironed, contrary to what it is today.
The thing I remember was sprinkling the clothes with drops of water flung from my wet fingertips, and then rolling each piece up so tight, then each little package had to just sit.
After a time, those separate drops of water would spread through the fabric to become one, and once the dampness spread just this far, the ironing was ready to be done.
The hot iron against the damp cloth created the steam, and the wrinkles just faded away, and the end result was a smooth crisp finish, the clothes looked brand new in every way.
It reminded me of myself at one time, like a wrinkled shirt in the laundry pile, nothing I tried seemed to work, it just added to the mess, new wrinkles created with each new trial.
I knew I needed something to bring order out of the chaos, someone to take me by the hand and set me free, but somehow I never saw that Jesus was right there, ready to help, just waiting for me.
Finally I did look up, and in a tiny voice asked "could He?" - and He smiled back at my little seed of hope, and nodded "yes, now come and see" The transformation began right then, and He sprinkled me with His grace, forgiveness flowed into my heart, I was made brand new right then and there - and the warmth of His love smoothed out all the wrinkles, making new fabric out of my life of care.
I have been amazed each and every day by the blessings and joy Jesus has poured into my life, and the wonder of it all, is that He adds to it each day, His happiness overcoming any worldly strife.
The best of all He saved til last, when I was sure some things were never to be, for this surprise was the desire of my heart, one I thought God would never see.
Oh, but see He did, and when the time was right, He made that wonderful dream of mine come true, for that was the wonderful spring day filled with sunshine, the day that I first met you!
I thank God every day for being there for me, for giving me this brand new life, and for pouring out on me such blessings and love, for the joy I have in being your wife.