The Washer and the Whirlpool

The past couple of days I feel as though I have been in a washing machine. It’s as if the Lord went through the closet of my heart, stripped a few garments off the hangers and tossed them in the “nope, their still dirty” pile. Thankfully, after the detergent of the truth that brings freedom was dumped in with my “dirty laundry,” God didn’t forget the “Always remember I love you” fabric softener before He turned on the agitator. Did I mention the water was hot?! The wash cycle was tough. It pulled out all kinds of grime—more pride, self-sufficiency, rebellion, and shame—for starters. But now I recognize the dirt and have been thoroughly rinsed by the Spirit, I seem to be stuck in the spin cycle.

The funny thing is the other day I was talking to a friend about how to get out of a spin, but it was about a whirlpool, not a washer. I was sharing information a police officer told me. The officer said the best thing to do when caught in a whirlpool is to dive down and swim under the current. Tonight when I googled the same question I found only one person who agreed—and his response was in an “I think this might work” format. So how do you get out of a whirlpool? The most popular answer was to swim in the direction of the current in order to gain the most momentum with the least amount effort and then swim out diagonally.

That sounds like that might be my solution as well. Maybe instead of using all my effort to combat my fears, I need to swim in the direction of the current and agree with them—to an extent. I heard a counselor once say that when she was afraid, she played the worst case scenario out in her mind. In the end, she would either die and be with the Lord, or God would carry her through and work “all things for good.” Maybe instead of telling myself “I can’t go through this again,” I need to say “I can go through this again because I have Jesus and He will give me the grace.” Then with the momentum of “His grace is enough” and the strength of knowing that “He will never leave nor forsake me” I can cut through the current of confusion and swim out of the whirlpool.

Yes—It’s time to stop spinning. It’s time to face my fears and trust God for His grace—and leave both the washer and the whirlpool.

II Corinthians 12:9 “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (NJK).

Thank you, Lord, that your GRACE is always enough!!!!

Have a blessed day!
Jeannie Diane


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