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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Confused (08/16/07)

TITLE: Wash, Wash, Wash
By Judy Sauer


Be still my heart, O God; help me to find peace and happiness.

Dear Child, you are trying too hard. This process has a life cycle to live. You are feeling like the hamster on the wheel and want to get off. However, you are really in the washing machine. You have been through the presoak and agitation cycles. It appears this machine is stuck and continually repeats the agitation cycle. I know you are waiting for the repair man. All you want is to have that final rinse, to come out smelling fresh, looking bright, and feeling clean and new.

Yet the repair man is either delayed because the parts are not ready or it is just not time yet. You cannot get out of this cycle – yet you wish of being the hamster where you can control your exit. Know that the agitation cycle will shake you up, violently and forcefully enough that all you are is being shoved, poked, manipulated, and attacked by the functioning parts of the washing machine. This is a normal process.

You want to be clean like a fresh white linen blouse, right? Even though it is not fun to go through this part of the overall process, it all comes out fine in the end.

When you have used the gentle cycle (and it only happens on the gentle cycle) the machine leaves chunks of something attached to the clothing. The items are not fully clean because they did not endure the harshness of the true agitation cleaning cycle. So every time you use the gentle cycle, it requires you to closely inspect and hand pick off the chunks. These chunks are a mystery; they are unsightly brownish-gray and can totally ruin a shirt if not tended to quickly for removal.

So the cycle continues. It’s either a severe thrashing or a close scrutiny with being picked on later. You have mentioned the gentle cycle being such a pain – so in perspective, is it better to get the thrashing about over and done with or would you rather be constantly on guard to ensure no chunks of gunk go unnoticed and some how hitchhike their way onto you?

The washing machine does have cycle down times. Enjoy those few minutes of peace – they don’t happen often or last as long as you might prefer during the hectic, overall process. Appreciate what you have, be grateful for what you do not have, and always find something to where you can say “thank you Jesus”.

Go have a beautiful day where, if you look beneath the rocks under your feet, you will discover a spec of peace here, another smidgen of joy over there, and between them sits love.

I love you my dear child. Go in peace to love and serve the world.

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Jan Ackerson 08/23/07
Really interesting analogy! I never would have thought of it.

You might want to stick with just the washing machine metaphor, and edit out the hamster and the looking under rocks. That'll add focus to your piece.

Nicely done, and full of truth.
Carolyn Baney08/24/07
Enjoyed your piece; loved the analogy between the washing machine and the purging process of a Christian.

Oh, and I beg to differ, keep the hamster in. I have hamsters, and I relate to them on their wheel often...going, going, going, but never getting anywhere! Yes!
Jacquelyn Horne08/27/07
Different comparison here. Comparing life to the washing process. Good job.