Fasting, laundry, New Year


There’s something in life that will never leave you, something that will always be requiring your attention, can you guess what it is? What I’m thinking about isn’t something as life-altering as you may think it is, but it definitely has impact on us daily.

It’s laundry. Laundry will be with us for the rest of our lives. We will never be free from the scourge that is laundry. We may find better or easier ways of doing laundry, we may find “new and improved detergent,” but laundry will be part of our lives from now until we step out of our earth suits into eternity.

I feel like I’m forever washing clothes.

Really, washing clothes isn’t a horrible chore…if everyone who threw their clothes into the clothes basket would think about not winding them up in knots or leaving bubble gum and ball point pens in their pockets.

So I’m forever washing clothes and as I wash them, I’m unwinding them, checking pockets, sorting colors, hanging them, and then folding. Laundry is always there for me, making sure that I am aware that it will wait for me every day.

In the same way we work to keep our clothes clean every day, we work to keep ourselves right in our walk with the Lord.

Revelation 22:14 LB “Blessed forever are all who are washing their robes…”

In this verse I see the continuous tense of the word “wash” being used implying that we are always to be making sure that all is well with us and our Lord. This doesn’t mean we live in fear of making mistakes and have to live life as if we are walking on eggshells. It simply means that  we are aware that we are “but dust” and that would naturally mean we are prone to getting “dusty.” The laundry needs to be washed.

Take some time today to dust yourself off from the effects of yesterday. It seems laundry will be with us for a long time to come – but that’s just fine as He helps us unwind everything that has become knotted and clear out the clutter of our lives.

Genesis 18:27 NLT “Then Abraham spoke… ‘I am but dust and ashes.'”