Who or what is your arch nemesis?
Those who have children may feel like the laundry basket is their arch nemesis! Personally, I think there is an evil laundry fairy living somewhere in my house whose job it is to torment me with that constantly full basket!! On the positive side, a gym membership is not needed!! Going up and down two flights of stairs countless times (cardio) certainly keeps me fit, and lifting heavy baskets (toning) has given me arms resembling Popeye’s!
My son is the worst contributor to the laundry basket!
One day (there are many!) he came home from school, his brand new jeans covered in dirt and grass stains. When I asked (I should know better than to even ask) how he could get this dirty, he told me that he and his friends body surfed down the hill in the school yard at recess. Then, during lunch, they were pretending to be stunt men and had to practice their falls down a hill. Biting my tongue, I took the pants, now heavily soiled, down to the laundry room and covered the ground-in dirt with stain remover.
Then I scrubbed!
However, despite my best efforts, the only thing I achieved was sore knuckles. The stains remained and the jeans were thrown away.
There are days I feel much like my son’s soiled, stained jeans.
I know I am God’s child, but there are days I admittedly have played in the dirt of this world, soiling my white robe of righteousness. Surely, God must just feel like shaking His head and tossing me in the garbage. Like my son’s pants, I am too dirty to be useful.
On the days I feel heavy with my “dirty laundry,” God gently smiles and reminds me of the effectiveness of the stain remover He uses.
Its ingredients aren’t natural, but supernatural.
Here is God’s “Shout” for my soul:
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white (purified) as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be like wool (white-pure).” Isaiah 1:18 NIV
In Bible times, for wool to be scarlet it had to be double-dipped in dye.
That made the color deep and permanent. It was not humanly possible to remove the color from the wool once it was dyed.
Wool dyed crimson was dipped only once, making it a lighter shade of red. It was not as deep as scarlet, yet the color crimson was still lasting.
Like scarlet and crimson, I know that I have sins that are darker than others, but all have permanently soiled my soul.
I can attempt to remove them by trying to do good deeds and living right. Yet, no matter how hard I scrub, like with my son’s jeans, “I” cannot remove the stains. The only thing I achieve in trying to remove the dirt myself is frustration and hopelessness.
It was the scarlet cord that saved Rahab.
It was the scarlet blood on the doorpost that spared the Jews in Egypt, and it is that same scarlet blood that cleanses me! There is no sin, no mistake, no past decision too much for the blood of Jesus to make clean! My sins (past, present and future) are under the blood! Jesus’ blood!
The evil laundry fairy (the devil) still may tempt me to get dirty from time to time. And he may try to keep me defeated by reminding me of past “dirty laundry.” However, when he does, all I have to do is pull out my “Tide Pen” (1 John 1:9) and blot him out!
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NIV
My spiritual laundry basket no longer has to be my nemesis. My desire should be less loads of laundry; even an empty basket. However, on days I slip and fall into the dirt, I can be assured my heavenly Father never runs out of detergent.
There is no stain too big for God!
Nothing is too soiled to be used!
In God’s economy, no one gets thrown away!