– Monday Muse –
Dear One, this essay is for whomever does the household laundry. In this house, it is not my ‘that’s good enough’ husband, who could easily convince himself that colorful stains add a bit of character to most any piece of clothing.
My washing machine recently had an emotional breakdown, for it still ran, but it had gone totally crazy! After it filled, it might immediately empty, sending the just added detergent down the drain. Or, it might rinse two or three times, or it might spin, and spin and spin, like a Ferris Wheel in the hands of a forgetful attendant. It’s time was up, it had to be replaced…so I believed – if ONLY we had paid the price of a repair!
Trusting that washers still wash and rinse clothes. I quickly picked a new one out, another top-load one. I chose one with a tub that wasn’t so deep that I couldn’t reach the bottom, made arrangement for delivery and headed home…limping to the car for that was just a few weeks ago. I had noticed the word ‘energy-saving’ on the sticker pasted to the machine, but thought nothing of it.
Thankfully, before we ran out of clean clothes, the new washer arrived. I happily placed a smaller -than-usual size load into the washer, and grateful for the see-through lid, watched it fill, but it didn’t. Well, water dribbled in, but far too little of it. What? I watched the entire cycle. It took an hour. One of Ron’s shirts was never completely submerged beneath the water until the wash cycle was ending. What? It was a small load! When the rinse cycle light came on, I waited for water to fill the tub, but it didn’t! What? It spun the wash up against the tub, and merely sprayed the tightly packed clothes. It was then I looked down at the sticker still stuck to the washer…energy-saving. That must mean water-saving? I had no choice. To rinse the clothes, I had to run the load a second time, taking two hours to complete one small size load. What?
I have been washing clothes since I was sixteen, when I worked for my cousin and used her wringer-washer, only shredding one of her slips. I know what it takes to rinse a load of clothes…ample agitating water. Squirts of water will not properly rinse compacted clothing.
So, back to the appliance center, where they didn’t have any washers which filled for the rinse cycle. I could believe that, those had likely sold. For a price, which I willingly paid, they took back the washer. At another place, I found a Speed Queen. It filled. It filled so high I thought it might overflow!
It seems in 2020, we can no longer trust things to be what they once were. Today, this is especially true for Christians who are church shopping. We must question, does this church teach the complete Word of God? For this reason, we must know the Truth ourselves. For many pastors no longer teach the full Word or even speak of what God considers sin; it is a part of the fall. Modern day pastors often feel more comfortable teaching worldliness. And worldliness, like water-saving washers, will never wash us clean. Buyer beware.
“…but whoever drinks the water I (Jesus) give him will
never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become
in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
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