New Year, Waiting


Laundry is on my mind.

Yesterday I had a moment with my laundry and it seems to be a theme for me that is running through today. I did so much laundry yesterday that I ran out of laundry soap and dryer sheets. I was first frustrated that the dryer sheets ran out and then I remembered that I did laundry for 25+ years in Africa many times without the coveted dryer sheet. In fact, it was only in recent years that I would bring dryer sheets back with me in my suitcases whenever we traveled stateside. I loved lining my suitcases with them; it kept the cases smelling fresh.

One of the worst things that can happen after spending hours washing, drying, sorting, folding, and putting laundry away is to drop the basket where all the nicely folded, clean laundry is, and see it fall all over the floor. That’s not the kind of unfolding I appreciate! If I am to unfold my laundry, I want to unfold it when I need it – not prematurely. That makes a mess.

Psalm 106:13-31 NIV vs. 13 “But they (the Israelites) soon forgot what (the Lord) had done and did not wait for His plan to unfold.”

Anything that is opened or forced out into the open prematurely is messy. Like laundry falling all over the floor that needs picking up, refolding and putting away. It gets you behind schedule!

This year, while I’m excited for the new and exciting to unfold, I’m purposing in my heart to wait for His plan to unfold. One of the things I need to do is not forget what He has done in the past. He has “bailed me out” so many times – I trust Him more than anyone else in this world. Since this is the case, I shouldn’t worry too much about His timing. Time and again I’ve proven when I take things into my own hands, it spills on the floor and takes effort to sort and put away.

This year, I don’t want to spill it all over the floor and delay His plan – I want it to come as He has designed it to come.

I will wait.