Can anyone relate? You know, the never-ending stinky piles of shirts and socks and pants and underclothes? Oh yeah, and the mildewed towels we keep forgetting to dry?
And it never fails; it’s the one area that seems to push me over the edge. I smell it or can’t ignore the heaping mountains that overflow any longer and there she blows. Sirens go off in my thoughts and words spew out from an overwhelmed soul. Lost socks get blamed as I unleash the fury of a burnt out mother or smelly towels turn into past mistakes or nagging problems I can’t seem to solve. Running out of laundry detergent or folding yet another wash cloth can start the steady flow of tears. Really? Laundry?
It’s in those moments of fiery tantrums and harsh accusations that I can choose to breathe and realize what is happening. I can choose to see the task for what it is; just laundry or I can choose to explode from exhaustion. Unfortunately, I have to admit I explode more often than just doing laundry. Do you?
Tears and anger or anxiousness and worry can be so easily triggered by dirty laundry when we are not rested. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep isn’t what I’m talking about but rather resting in the peace of our Heavenly Father. As believers, we are promised help. We are promised provision and comfort. He promises us peace that surpasses all understanding. He gifts us grace and mercy and we have access to it all if we will receive it and utilize it.
Most days, I wake ready to fight the day with plans of how I will fight life. Problems or crisis happen and I go into action of trying to fix it. And even though I am completely devoted to my Father and am so thankful for my salvation, I often miss out on one of the best parts. Peace. Peace that comes from understanding that I am not in control. Peace that comes when I immediately ask for help and turn over my fears. Peace that conquers worry because I choose to worship instead. Peace that relaxes me when I choose to cry out in prayer and thanksgiving rather than anger. Peace that consumes when I speak the words of God aloud rather than cowering in frustration and defeat.
Can I ask where you stand? Can I remind you that the next time you feel heat rising and blood pressure spiking at the sniff of smelly towels that you stop and ask yourself if you are rested? Are you rested in the promises of your Heavenly Father? Are you living a powerful life in Christ? God did not send His son to die on the cross for us to live weak, worrisome, tantrum filled lives. We have to die to ourselves daily and remind ourselves with scripture that we are not first and not in control. Living in the peace of Christ definitely makes laundry just laundry. Which will you choose?
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”