10/18/13

Shout It Out

Sin, if only it were as easy to get rid of as tossing in a load of laundry.

Dirty laundry sorted, washed, bounced, folded, and put away.

Oooops, I did it again.  Start the machine, spray a little shout on the stain, and voilĂ  ... good as new.

White as snow.

Stain gone. As far as the east is from the west.

What if you need to do laundry and you really don't have the time.  You let the basket of dirty clothes sit for a day or two, maybe longer.  What happens to the pile?

What if every time there was laundry to do, we rationalized, "Oh, it's not really that dirty or stinky? What if we tried different ways to hide the stain.  We sprayed some fabreeze on it or we sewed a patch over it?  Maybe you have a better idea than the washing machine.  Instead of letting the washer and dryer do their work, you apologize to everyone who comes close enough to you to get a whiff.

Or, for heaven's sake, why do we wanna "do" other people's laundry, or air it?

There is no substitute for the real deal.

Are we so arrogant and misled that we think our sin was not covered by Jesus on the cross? Why do we try to dance around it, figure it will go away, or mainly let it sit and fester?

Have you ever tried to find a lost sock at the bottom of a dark ocean?

As an empty nester, there isn't much laundry to do at my house, but the basket fills up every day, every hour.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive. Every time.

Linking today with:
Five Minute Friday



9 comments:

Jen said...

This is SUCH A GREAT ANALOGY!
I am guilty of the Febreeze choice way too often in my life ... thanks for the reminder that the washer and dryer KNOW how to do the job way better than we do.

And thankful for Jesus who is our laundromat!

Glad to be your FMF neighbor today.

Grey Barn STORIES Photography said...

Thanks Jen, I'm sorta new here, but loving FMF!

Stephanie said...

I never thought of laundry this way and this is so convicting. Yes, how often do I try to hide a stain with a patch or some febreze instead of washing it clean with the blood of Christ? What a beautiful picture! Thank you!

Grey Barn STORIES Photography said...

It convicted me, too, Stephanie!! God bless!

Jen said...

This is an amazing post! I love how you took something so mundane, and showed us what God is telling you through it. He speaks in incredible ways sometimes. Thanks!!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

You were spot on. Not only are we retro kindred spirits. I love barns...and into photography....especially barns. Thanks for stopping by my blog on Five Minute Friday.

Grey Barn STORIES Photography said...

I KNEW it! I love FMF and blogland!

Debby said...

Yes, me too, love that analogy! Glad you included the part about wanting to others laundry and airing it out. You hit me on all counts! Good words. And thanks for stopping by my piece of the blog world.

Christy Willard said...

Why do we pretend we aren't dirty and stinky? I love your thoughts on Febreeze! Ha! So thankful that God's grace is sufficient. I may not feel white as snow, but so glad that I am in His eyes!

Christy @ A Heartening Life
www.ahearteninglife.com