God's Word for Today: Laundry. Yes, that weekly, sometimes daily task that just has to be done. Some, avoid this day at all costs. Others, do it when there are no clean clothes left. Then there are those who have an organized routine that simplifies most of the process. Maybe the wisest, or rather luckiest, pay someone else to do their laundry for them.
I vaguely remember Mom doing laundry via the old school wringer washing machine, and a couple of big galvanized tubs. I was very young and didn't care. There is a very good chance if I had been older, I still would have avoided this process at all costs. I will admit, I was fascinated by the two opposing rollers that wrung the water out of the clothes. There is all kinds of toys I would have loved to send through the ringer to see what happened. It is amazing that I only thought about it instead of actually trying it. Maybe it was Mom's temperment during this trying time of laundry that kept me at a distance. I do remember water everywhere on the porch every once in awhile, and that was the perfect time to become invisible.
From what I have seen of Paragauy and Brazil, I would safely bet that at least 70% of all the people do not own an Automatic Washing machine. And for some of them if they do own this latest convenience, they seldom use it and prefer the old fashion scrub board type. The popular method involves one electric tub that does the initial agitation and application of laundry soap. Then, there is a double sink contraption that contains two scrubbing surfaces at a 45 degree angle that slopes down from the front top to about 1/2 way down to the "sink" area. This double sink involves rinsing and final scrubbing prior to maybe a bucket with fabric softener. Then, on to a possible centrifuge. They all end up on a clothes line for final drying. I believe I have only seen a couple of dryers in actual households.
Needless to say, this laundry thing is very labor intensive compared to our automatic process in USA. Typical laundry steps from sorting to folding, in our convential way, requires you handle each item of clothing only twice, and in bundles maybe twice. Pretty simple. Brazil/Paraguay, you handle each single item of clothing a total of 8 times, and bundles maybe twice. You become very up close and personal with even the most remote sock. Sometimes, we just don't know how easy we have it in the States.
Act 22:16. And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away calling on his name.
I really get a kick out of the first sentence in this verse; "And now what are you waiting for?" That is a very good question. What exactly are you waiting for? Does it seem too difficult? Are there too many rules and regulations that will weigh you down? Is it just, too much, right now? Maybe you have already done it, but have since fallen and need a fresh wash and rinse.
I guess our lives can end up like that pile of laundry. Some items are still almost spotless, but need a little freshening. Other items, were worn for an extended period and if not washed have the potential to carry an odor. And then there are those items that carry every speck of dirt and grime contained in a 10 foot square working area. That last describes a lot of my clothes.
When it comes to our lives, Jesus doesn't care if you are that almost spotless but just a little wrinkled, or you are the one who is going to need a power washer to remove the layers of grime. Most are somewhere in between the two. But, it still doesn't matter to Jesus. He already did your laundry in the most caring, giving, painful, gifting, and merciful process you could ever imagine. There was nothing simple about what Jesus did to wash away your sins.
Today, ask yourself that one simple, yet direct question. What are you waiting for? Excuses are just like the dirty laundry. They can either keep piling up till you have no other choice, or you can simply call on His name.............................
Prayer: Dearest Lord, forgive me for my pile of dirty laundry. I didn't mean to let it go this long. I am sorry I have been putting you off. I've had my life washed, rinsed, dried, and folded before. I don't know how it got away from me. But Lord, today I have no excuses. Today, I am calling on you in the name of Jesus. Let's get the laundry of my life taken care of. Then maybe, I can reach out and help someone else who is finally tired of waiting. In Jesus', forgiving and cleansing name I pray. Amen.