Leaky Washers and Fickle Dryers – Proverbs 31:31

“Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
– Proverbs 31:31

As I sit in front of my computer, trying to focus on writing the final article in this series, my mind keeps wandering to the list of things I must get done today.

  • I need to fill out the paperwork I got at a job interview last week.
  • I need to meet a deadline for a paid writing assignment.
  • I need to prepare for leading Bible study tomorrow.

On top of that, we’ve just returned from a four-day trip to find our washing machine leaking in the garage.

(Yes, our washer is almost as old as the one in this picture.)

Over the years, our washing machine has been fixed several times, but this time, not even the Master Fixer in my house, otherwise known as Jeff, can fix it. Believe me, he’s tried.

I’m surprised too.

I’m surprised that, of all people, my husband, the accountant-who-must-save-money-at-all-costs, has finally conceded to buying a new washer and dryer. The dryer itself does work, sort of, but you need to close the door with your hip and hit the start button with your hand at precisely the same time in order to turn it on.

It’s time for a new washer and dryer. It’s long overdue actually. We’ve known for a while it was coming. But we were hoping to wait on making any big purchases until after I went back to work. Only, I’m not working yet.

At the moment, I have nine plastic trash bags filled with dirty laundry that I need to take to the Laundromat because the new washer and dryer won’t arrive until this weekend, and we need clean clothes for tomorrow. Being in a family of five will do that to you, especially if you’ve been living out of a suitcase for a few days.

It’s always something.

The Proverbs 31 woman seems to be able to accomplish everything. Days like today make we wonder if I ever will. Yet, the final verse in this passage speaks of the reward she has earned. Typically, something is earned, not in a moment, but over a period of time. I am reminded of Eugene Peterson’s book title, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.”

A long obedience in the same direction.

The Proverbs 31 woman isn’t perfect. But she is faithful to pursue a long obedience in the same direction. I may not get everything done in the moments given to me today, but in each moment I’m given, I want to be obedient.

6 thoughts on “Leaky Washers and Fickle Dryers – Proverbs 31:31

  1. We had our own washer adventure this week. Ours leaked from its second story perch through the fixture in our kitchen! It was quite exciting at our house for a few minutes. We bought a new one today too.

    And I love your phrase, “A long obedience in the same direction.” Mmmm . . . may my life resemble that.

  2. A while back my daughters washer and dryer broke within 2 weeks of one another ( after many many patches and bandaids from my handy son-in-law ) ….He took her to sears and bought her the maytag frontloading washing machiene and dryer …..What a blessing as she also has 5 children !!!!! ages 5 through 16 ……I do pray for her frequently …..Rest well you will be back to “normal ” in no time ( if there is such a place ) .

  3. Well, hallelujah! New washer/dryers coming at last! No one deserves them more than you do.

    (And few will have more to put into them than you do. 🙂

    Loved this post.

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