Ours is But to Hang and Dry

This morning, as I was hanging my laundry on the line in descending order of weight and size, I took my time to drape the last few articles—with stains—facing the sun. Nothing can disintegrate mustard spots and fade the vilest blotches of blood like a June morning’s piercing rays. Last week I hung a white tunic up with a mango mark that hadn’t come out in the wash, and hours later I reeled it back in without spot or wrinkle. Okay, it still had a few wrinkles­—we’re at the mercy of the wind for that—but the yellow fleck had forever fled from the sun’s penetrating gaze.

That wasn’t the first time this morning I’d aired my dirty laundry, though.

I hauled my basket full of soiled cares and sullied concerns to my prayer place and washed them in the water of His Word. I let His mercy pour healing agents into the rinse as I scrubbed every anxiety over the washboard of His wisdom and commands. Ours is no quick-cycle chemical cleansing—prayer is a ‘roll up your sleeves’ kind of rewarding work.

Sometimes I get up from on my face before God fully cleansed and refreshed. Other times, like this morning, I find there are things that just don’t come out in the wash.

So I hung them up on my faith-line. I tethered them to mercy, and secured them with trust—carefully positioning each one before the Son’s face. He sees them, I know. They don’t stand a chance against His penetrating gaze. Clouds may delay the process, but out there they will stay until He comes through.

I like to think that prayer is a little like doing my laundry. I have to keep up with it or I don’t have anything to wear. Sometimes a gentle rinse cycle is all I need. Some requests get put through the wringer. And some things just have to hang and dry.

purify yourselves and change your clothes. Genesis 35:2

9 comments

  1. This is an excellent post. and the title is great. How true are the things you said about the clothes washing–I love the smell of clothes just taken off the line–and how very true are God’s merciful grace and healing for our repented sins. Thank you.

  2. Wow. Your tender care of his word. Your beautiful faithfulness. Your display of our resurrection through him. It is such a smooth, graceful flow. I just adore coming here. You fill my heart with his love and care. You inspire me to spend time in much needed prayer. Blessings to you and your “laundry”.

  3. Heather,
    What a wonderful reflection and analogy on laundry/prayer. As I wash clothes I will remember the Son shining on the dirt and cleaning it – purifying it – in me.
    Blessings,
    Jan

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