I wanted to share an “ah-ha” moment with Paul. We were sitting at the dinner table sharing about our day and I said, “Today while I was doing laundry, the Lord spoke to me. He said in a loud, deep, booming voice, ‘ Lii…inn……da….” No. No He didn’t, but I did get Paul’s attention and I do believe I had a “moment.” Maybe it was God speaking to me though I’m not one of those people who says the Lord speaks to them in an audible voice. I have never had that experience, but yesterday, my “moment” felt like it was God sent.
My family has been battling illness for 17 days (but who’s counting?) In an attempt to keep from sharing germs I have been diligent with changing hand towels, sanitizing door knobs, and doing mountains of laundry! Piles of sheets, throw pillows, and afghans have been a laundry room floor covering. Laundry has been non-stop. Yesterday, I had my head inside my front loading washing machine to get that last dingy white tube sock that was stuck to the top of the drum, when I recognized how blessed I was. (The “moment.”) I was doing laundry. I was well enough to complete this job. I was doing a mundane task that I typically dread, but I was aware…very aware of what I wasn’t doing. I wasn’t frustrated with my husband’s choices like a friend of mine was. I wasn’t struggling with how to support an unemployed child. I wasn’t choosing a casket for my parent or spouse. I wasn’t rushing to the emergency room. I wasn’t in crisis yet many people I know were. I was not & I was grateful. As aware as I was of the fact that I wasn’t doing any of those things, I also recognized that some day I will probably have to. Today my prayers are with those who are not doing laundry. I wish you strength during this time and I pray that someday, you, too, will be doing laundry again.
A Time for Everything
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 New International Version (NIV)
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.