Well, the dryer is fixed. New heat element. New lease on life for it. Praise God!
As I climb out from under the mountain of clothes (well, not too much of a mountain due to my creative drying around my room), I realize the dryer is drying...better than I remember it! Clothes are done faster! (Yes, now the mountain is on my bed to fold.)
Turns out, the lint had been slowly building up, clogging the outtake shoot...and slowly sucking the life and power out of the dryer. Perhaps that is what caused the overworked heat element to break, perhaps not. Regardless, it was a problem that needed a solution.
Aren't I just like my dryer?
I allow the little things to build up, slowly sucking away my energy...and my joy.
Messy rooms and returning phone calls and dishes in the sink and doctors' appointments and torn pants and shoes ruined and poor math grades and dirty car seats and mouthy boys and uncleaned plates at dinner and jeans outgrown and broken toes and too much TV and soccer practice.
I could go on...and on...and on. Life is full of little pieces that can easily become annoyances.
And...I must admit, sometimes I let them get to me. I juggle and juggle my to-do schedule, but find that I just cannot get it all done. And that makes me grumpy.
Sometimes I can just clean out the lint trap of my mind, scrapping the negative thoughts and grumpiness and moving on. Sometimes, however, I need to try something new!
Maybe I need a new Bible reading plan or devotion book. Maybe I need a quiet coffee with a dear girlfriend to put things back in perspective and give me some relaxing laughs for a bit. Maybe I need my journal and quiet time with the Lord. Maybe I need a weekend retreat away from the kids and the stresses of single parenting.
Thankfully, I have a loving Savior who will allow my clogs to become known to me...through friends, devotions I have read, or the buzzing in my soul, indicating the load is unbalanced and needs to be reseated before I can continue.
And after I have reset myself and my attitude, I can better appreciate all that I have and all that I am in Christ (by His strength and not my own), and can continue to roll.
And I am made as new as my dryer, ready to (hopefully) do it better!
"...He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” - Revelation 21:4-5