I didn't know what to do
I didn't know what to do. I looked at the corner and felt sick. The floor was coated with a layer of grunge and miscellaneous tidbits. Pocket change, pencils, an old fly swatter and one sock lay affixed to the floor. It is the standard mess most people find behind their washing machines. I collected the items that we're salvageable and began to hand mop the grime. As I mopped, I couldn't contain the joy. Our God is an awesome God. He reigns from heaven above. And yet, he is so real and present in helping me deal with the mundane details of my life.
The back door opened. My oldest sons muscles bulged as he shoved the replacement washer in the door. I moved out of the way just in time. He set the washer in it's spot and began connecting the hoses. He turned the faucets back on and declared with a smile, Ooops, that is not tight enough. Water sprayed him in the face. I could barely see him as he worked. I wiped the dust off the washer while he tightened the hoses.You know our God is an awesome God don't you?
The rest of the children gathered around the washing machine. I want all of you to remember this moment. God will provide for his children in times of need. He is the very present help in the time of trouble. Andrew began singing, Our God is an awesome God. The rest of us joined him in this laundry room worship session.
My children we're present yesterday when the repair man announced my high tech washer would never wash another load of laundry. The children we're with me as I looked at the new washing machines yesterday. They read the price tags too. They lived through the long line of break downs we experienced this week. In fact, they went with me yesterday as a friend took us to get the van from the repair shop. They went with me to pick up the grain mill and the chain saw from the shopyesall yesterday. They heard me pray out loud for Gods guidance as I tried to discern how to replace the dead washing machine.
Most of the children over heard me call my cousin who just invited me the night before to come over and help her clean out her rental. Her tenant left everything due to legal problems and they needed to clean it out. Did your tenant leave a washing machine by chance? My cousin affirmed they had a washing machine they needed to get rid of too. She would give it to me for just hauling it off. There was some question about the odor in her rental. Was it from the clothes left to stagnate in the washer or the rotten food in the refrigerator? She didn't want to charge me for the washer if it smelled bad.
Twenty four hours later, my son unloaded the like new washer given to us for the trouble of hauling it off. We stood as a family singing praises for Gods kindness and mercy. The children understood too. Wow, we got this washer and it was for nothing. God is awesome. It was a powerful lesson because they understood the price tags we saw the day before.
It has been a long and rough week of wondering, pleading and searching for solutions to broken down equipment. As I look back on this week, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt we serve a living God who is actively involved in all the details of our lives. I am thankful for the lessons this week in trusting God to provide. I am thankful for the opportunity to worship our King with my children around a washing machine.
More to come on not just living with disappointment but celebrating and worshiping God in the disappointment.
Posted in Churches/Faith/Religion Post Date 07/15/2017