God's Laundry

This past weekend we were able to drive down to Lakeland, Florida, for Sun ’n Fun International Fly-in. There were tons of airplanes there, lots of airshow performers, and plenty of greasy carnival food. I was helping out with the Adventist World Aviation booth a little bit as well as preaching at the Lakeland church on Sabbath, so it wasn’t all vacation, but we certainly enjoyed our time down there. We were camping, which meant that we didn’t have any electricity and the closest bathroom was a little blue portable toilet. At least there was a shower house with actual hot water, though, so we couldn’t complain. Getting back home, however, is something I don’t necessarily enjoy because it means catching up on everything that has been accumulating while we were gone - including laundry. I saw a meme recently that totally described the laundry process in our home. It said, “Washing - 30 minutes. Drying - 60 minutes. Putting Away - 7-10 Business Days.” Since we did 3 loads of laundry today and then just dumped the clothes into the pile already needing folded and put away from the batch of laundry we did before we left, that seems about accurate.

After David’s affair with Bathsheba, he prayed a beautiful prayer to God, asking for forgiveness and cleansing. You can find this prayer in Psalm 51. Near the beginning he made this request: “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2). This is a prayer God longs to hear and loves to answer. He enjoys nothing more than washing our sins away and cleansing our hearts. The wonderful thing about the answer to this prayer is that it takes God a lot less time to clean us than it does for us to finish a load of laundry. Yes, it may take some time for him to recreate our hearts so that we will have the desires that He has, but He will wash away our sins in an instant. I’ll be thanking Him for his cleansing while I go finish folding that laundry…