Do you enjoy doing laundry? Dumping the clothes in the washer is the easy part, but it’s remembering to put them in the dryer and taking the time to fold them afterwards that seems to be an issue at my house. There are times when my children think they can leave their laundry in the dryer for days and just dress out of it. They’ve mastered the art of tumbling the wrinkles out. Instead of them picking up on my habit of emptying the dryer quickly, I seem to be acquiring theirs of leaving the laundry in the dryer. It’s always anyone’s guess if the dryer will be empty or full.
Let’s face it, laundry takes time. When something is dirty or soiled, it must go through the soaking and scrubbing cycle to get the stain out before it can be tossed into the dryer for the heat to draw the water out and shake the wrinkles out of the clothing, making them nice, fresh and clean. While the process takes time, the end result is worth the time.
We are a lot like laundry. We manage to get dirty through the course of the day; sometime because we’ve fallen and gotten soiled and other times we’ve just picked things up along our path. Either way, we need to be cleaned, renewed. Jesus does that for each of us, whether we have huge stains that need time and attention or little smudges that come out easily. The longer we put the cleansing process off, the harder, and sometimes longer, the process of restoration.
The Psalmist recognized what the Lord could do for him in Psalm 51:7,
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
The Lord can remove our stains and sin as far as the east is from the west; however, we must confess them to Him [Psalm 103:12, 1 John 1:9].
Just as our laundry gets soiled daily, so do we. We need daily attention. Even the Lord Jesus Christ Himself sought out the Father each day, pouring out is heart in a level of intimacy that is only established one on one [Mark 1:35]. If the Lord sought that time with the Father each day, then we should do nothing less.
Is it time to deposit yourself in the heavenly wash room? You needn’t worry, He uses the gentle cycle.