Souls in the Washing Machine

Unintentionally, I managed to declutter a tiny portion of my life. My wallet.

I left a load of clothes in the washer overnight; dried them the following morning. The first item to fall out of the dryer when I opened the door, to my surprise, was my wallet. Never did that before.

So, I removed all the plastic cards and then paper items like car insurance information, put what I needed for the day in my shirt pocket and took off, leaving the rest to dry on the kitchen counter.

The leather wallet took more than 24 hours to fully air out, so I had a new norm for 2 days. Well, now it’s turn into a new norm period.

What I’ve discovered is I was carrying cards in my wallet that I simply don’t need on a daily basis-some, not really at all. After the washing and drying of the wallet and removing of cards I don’t really need, it’s as if I don’t even feel my wallet in my pocket anymore. I’m lighter, you might say.

When I pulled it out this morning at the gas pump, an analogy struck me. This is very similar to what happens in other areas of our lives. Things pile up, clutter, burden, weigh us down, and we don’t even realize it. We pick the load up every day as if we don’t have a choice, clueless we are desperately in need of decluttering, finding rest in our soul, space in our heart, margin in our spirit.

Recently I heard someone quote these verses from Matthew 11 where Jesus said,

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

We are in need of putting our souls intentionally in the washing machine. We need to surrender to the cleansing that only comes through God’s work. He gives rest. He offers freedom. He makes you lighter.


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