Taming the Beast


No matter the setting, my washing machine simply would not spin, or even complete a cycle. And it decided to take its rest while digesting a particularly unsavory load! This would not have been a problem at a time when my bank account was bloated with excess cash, but instead it was looking quite lean, close to starving. I could live without my dryer, but the washing machine---no way!

Without alternative options, my last resort, of course, was to pray. Then I checked appliance prices online to see what a replacement would cost. The cheapest model would clean out every cent I could scrape together. I knew, too, that the repair cost for someone just to come to the house for the repair would be equivalent to the value of the very aged machine. I decided to wait for God to answer my request for a solution and trust that he had one. He did; I just had to be patient.

The answer came in the form of my son, Trevor, who looked up the problem online. He found the solution to the error code, dragged the hulk of a washing machine to its knees and tightened A BOLT! Seriously, it was as “simple” (subduing a washing machine to get to its underbelly is never simple) as one bolt needing a wrench. Cost of repair---FREE! Value of son---PRICELESS! 

The Lord answered my prayer in time to save my wash load from mildew, and to show me that he is indeed trustworthy in every detail of my life. This was just laundry. But this answer to my problem spoke volumes to my heart, which spilled over into other areas of my life. The Lord Jesus is present, hears and answers when I ask and am patient enough to wait for his answers. If I had not been patient and trusted him, my accounts would have been cleaned out and I would have placed myself in a more stressful situation later.

Don’t many of our problems stem from impatience? And doesn’t impatience stem from not trusting God to bring answers/resolutions to our requests or problems? I don’t understand, myself, why I do not ask God for help first when problems arise, nor why I am so resistant to waiting on his answers. I can only chalk it up to the deep rebellion lying buried in this sinful flesh; I don’t believe any of us fully understand it. We can just take God’s word for it; it’s there.

I think this is why God gives us so many words of encouragement, reminders of his presence, forgiveness, and faithfulness. Here are just a few that have encouraged me:

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”  Isaiah 30:15

But the Lord—it is he who will go ahead of you. He will be with you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you, so don’t be afraid or downhearted. Deuteronomy 31:8

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.  Micah7:7


Kay Powell is a follower of Jesus and has been at the River for 13 years.  She has 3 adult children and 7 grands.  Kay is an avid observer of life who loves to express her creative and inquisitive self through writing and art. 

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