As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. – Joshua 1:5b
I am kind of a fanatic about my dishwasher. Perhaps you are, too.
I like it loaded a certain way, everything it a certain place. I like the food well cleaned off before the dishes go in. I like the disposal run often while the dishes are being cleaned. My way allows the maximum use of every space in the thing, while not sacrificing cleanliness of the dishes.
I am in the process of teaching my older boys to load the dishwasher…to my satisfaction. It is not as easy as it sounds.
They just don’t seem to get that my way is the best way, that I have loaded more dishwashers than they could possibly count, that my way will really make their job so much easier.
Nope. They continue to struggle with doing it the way I want it done. I have to retrain…and retrain…and retrain. Ad nauseum.
What a visual image for me of what I make my heavenly Father go through! He tells me again and again in His word how I should act, what I should do, how to cram the most joy possible into this earthly existence. His ways are the best, the easiest, the most efficient, to complete this task called living the Godly life.
Yet, I go off on my own, trying to “load” my life a different way. I try to take short cuts in the process of learning what I should do, failing to seek His advice on matters where I have questions. I feel like close enough is good enough, and leave it at that, not aiming for wrapping into Him and His teachings in order to be a better servant to Him. I don’t efficiently cleanse myself of my sins before Him so that when I go through the heat of life I come out chipped and still dirty…and I have to go back and try it again and again. I want to do it my way, and I often pay the price for that.
Just like the boys and the dishwasher.
Second revelation to me: I often get angry and frustrated with them for their carelessness and lack of attention to detail; He is forever patient with me in mine.
As I think now of the dirty dishes on my counter, and the boy who will be coming to l0ad them shortly, help me remember, Lord, to take a page from Your playbook, not only in how I load my own life, but also in how I instruct these young men to load theirs. Help me to be more like You as I teach them to be more like You. In Your precious Name I pray, amen.