Out-of-Control Washing Machine
“What is that noise?” My husband said as we were all getting ready to leave the house on a particularly stressful school morning.
He walked to the laundry room, where the noise was coming from, to find our washing machine on and running a cycle on its own, but with no water and the lid wide open.
“I haven’t even been in here to do laundry in 3 days,” I comment as we both stand there stumped about our washing machine that evidently has a mind of its own.
We push buttons, trying to turn it off. The buttons say it’s off, but the machine keeps on going washing an invisible load of clothes with invisible water. We unplug it, wait a few minutes, and plug back in. It starts back up on its washing cycle, determined to finish what it felt it should. “How do we get it to shut off?” My husband asked. At this point we are late for school and it’s picture day, and all the things are adding up.
“Just unplug it and leave it” I say. “We will deal with it later.”
After dropping my kids off at school, I again pondered the washing machine issue. Then I felt God telling me I can be like that washing machine, pushing on in a cycle doing something that really is fruitless. I push on under my own strength instead of letting the master of the house, God, stop me and put me on the right track.
You see I’ve had a lot of little issues come up this week that are compounding. I was frustrated and overwhelmed that morning when the washer went wacky. My problem was, I was not turning to God and soaking up His word to guide me. I was instead going forward on my own and also not facing my problems but distracting myself with online games and social media. God knew I needed something out of the ordinary to make me realize I can’t do it alone and I have to let go of my burdens and give them to Him. When the washer went wacky, I knew I couldn’t add one more burden to my day and I finally turned to God. He is with me to straighten out my mess.
“Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.”
Psalms 25:4-5 NLT
Are you going off on your own path, turning on when you shouldn’t and not following your owner, God? Do you need a wake up call from God to make you realize you aren’t relying on Him? Friends, let us come before God with all our issues, both big and small, so we can stay on the right track and not break down. I don’t know what’s going to happen with my washing machine, but I know I don’t want to be off cycle with God so I am coming back to Him.
Your sister in Christ,