she was good to my family, Worked hard, vigorously, and without complaining. She strove for perfection and even in the common things gave the same attention to detail as she would in the fancy ones. she was as beautiful in her outward appearance as she was inward--she was my red, front loading, high efficiency washing machine and she served my family tirelessly for 12 years.
on tuesday night, tyler asked me to come look at the washer-said the door wouldn't open. i played around with the controls, then googled for answers. the common response was the motherboard was out and would need replacing. i knew that a 12 year old washer was not worth putting that kind of money into and so my search for a new washer began.
i started at a store in monroe that has new appliances but they have been reduced in price because of paint scratches or dents.
as i entered the store i immediately ran up to the newest and coolest looking frontloaders with pull out drawers, sleek design and sexy colors (don't lie-you know some of those new washing machines are super sexy looking, lol)
i quickly scanned the new, but older looking, top loading, plain old white machines with very few bells and whistles- and ran past them!
i found the most wonderful new front loading washers, three that fit my standards and were going to be awesome additions to our home. then, i looked at the prices. even with the small dents in them they were much more than what i needed to spend. i had money with me (that i had saved for extra bill paying--all about reducing that debt load) and that was what i had asked god to help me find a washer within that monetary range.
so here was the defining moment---
was i going to spend within my means, and what i had asked and told god i would do, or
was i going to treat myself (oh and of course my family, lol) to a glorious and magnificent laundry work of art?
and then i was reminded:
titus 2:11/12 Gods marvelous grace has manifested in person, bringing salvation to everyone. this same grace teaches us how to live each day as we turn our backs on ungodliness and indulgent lifestyles and it equips us to live "self controlled", upright, godly lives in this present age.
so, here it is saturday and my new, white, top loading washer is installed, working and cleaning our clothes like a champ.
she is younger than her predecessor, full of energy and ready to tackle what we put into her-lol
she is the washer that i asked god for and i look at her differently than the first time i ran past her at the store-
i see her as gods manifested love in tangible form. yes, you read that right.
you see, i asked god for her- i told him my monetary range and was determined not to spend more than that-and with that measure of faith, he provided.
wherever your level of faith is--god will meet you.
i told tyler that i grew up a little that day--seeing as how i made a quality decision,
it only took me 43 years! lol