Unbalanced Loads

The other night, I was spending a quiet evening relaxing alone at home, when all of sudden I heard a loud clanking noise downstairs. My first thought was “What in the world did my cats knock over that would make such a racket?!” Then I realized that the kitties were upstairs with me. They had wide eyes and cautiously crept into the hallway to peer through the banister railings to investigate what was making such a clatter.

I rushed downstairs and discovered quite a sight in the laundry room. My washing machine was walking across the room as it wobbled and clunked from side to side! So, I opened the lid and stopped its wild trek.

By now, you probably know what happened. In fact, you’ve probably had it happen to you before. Yup, you guessed it…I had an unbalanced load in the washing machine. I was washing a shower curtain and liner and didn’t put any other clothes in with the load. To make matters worse, the setting of the load size was on extra large, so the tub had filled up with much more water and soap suds than it needed for the small load that I was washing.

To top things off, the water hose had come loose a little bit because the washer had walked too far away from the wall. So, there was water and suds all over the floor!

After I mopped up the mess and pushed the wayward washer back to where it belonged, I thought about the big lesson I had just learned about making sure my laundry loads were properly balanced because of the havoc that can result when they become unbalanced.

Hmmm….Life is sort of like that, too, isn’t it? When we get out of balance, whether it’s with too much work, not enough time with family and friends or not enough time with God, a real commotion can occur! We need to have a proper balance of work, play, rest, and nourishment--both physical and spiritual.

So, let’s take the lesson learned from my walking washing machine and try to keep our lives balanced. And when the load gets too heavy, remember that there are very strong and capable shoulders that we can place our heavy load upon. Jesus said that he wants to be our burden bearer. So, let him! “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.” Matthew 11:28-30.

Here are a couple of other encouraging verses:

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7.
"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." Psalm 55:22

 

Love in Christ,

Martha

 

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  1. Victoria posted on 08/27/2014 11:30 AM
    Thank you Martha, for sharing that story! Very timely for me! God bless you!
  2. Annie Hunt posted on 08/28/2014 02:07 AM
    Thank you for the reminder. Have a blessed day!
  3. Angela Buhl posted on 08/28/2014 09:36 AM
    Such a great everyday reminder .. especally as we enter into fall and the kids go back to school and have all the activties that go along with it. Not to mention.. yes .. dare I say .. with fall comes the holidays. As we celebrate Thanksgiving & Christ's birth we need to remember to slow down and enjoy friends & family.
  4. jackie posted on 08/30/2014 12:23 PM
    As I ponder your sitution with the unbalanced load, it is interesting to me that the "load" in your washer was relatively light. just a shower curtain and liner, but because of all the factors you mentioned added to it being unbalanced. So is true that things in our life that can make us unbalanced do not necessisarily need to be "heavy" . it can be something as small as a negative thought,or not taking time to do something simple. when we start our day we need to "load" it properly with God first, a thankful heart, take time for others and ourselves.
  5. steeveave posted on 09/03/2014 02:31 AM
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