My mom bought a Rainbow Vacuum System a few years ago. If you don’t know what that is, it’s an incredibly expensive cleaning system that claims to create a healthier living space by helping remove and reduce the dirt not just just on your carpet and floors, but in the air using the power of water. As an added bonus, a separate air purifier came with her purchase, so she gifted it to me.

At the time, I was unaware of all its capabilities since I was not present during the demonstration. I believed it was like any other air purifier. I was accustomed to having allergies as a normal part of life-so there it sat in the corner of my room, unused, under-appreciated, and without purpose.

Don’t get me wrong; I was grateful for my mother’s kind gesture. She could have kept this free gift for herself, especially for the amount she paid for the entire system. Keeping every bit of that product would be the best use of their money. My father laughs about how they could have bought a new vacuum every month for the next three years for the amount they paid for this machine.

I mentioned in my previous blog that my husband and I just moved to the area. We found the cutest little cottage space, perfect in every way, except that the previous tenant left it reeking of cigarette smoke (remember, I’m allergic to breathing). For weeks, before we were able to move in, our landlord tried everything to eliminate the smell. He cleaned and repainted all the walls, taking out cabinets to make sure that every crevice was reached, installed new carpet, blinds, window screens, and even re-sealed our floors. The smell still lingered. We thought nothing would work.

When we finally got the keys, I brought with me my free gift, placed it in the corner, filled it with water and plugged it in. It is finally serving its purpose. In these last two months, this air purifier has been my life saver, and favorite part of our house. It keeps our air fresh and free of allergens, and the sound of water reminds me of vacationing in Hawaii.

I say all this because sometimes we can have delayed gratification towards the ultimate gift that God has given us: eternal life. Until we are plugged in, filled up and breathing in this gift, we don’t fully appreciate or enjoy it.

My prayer for all of you today is that you will have a new understanding of your free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. “May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)


Pastor Chrizle

Here is a picture of my porch “babies” =)