Do you ever feel like you have been put into a dryer and the the door shuts and someone turns the dryer on and there you are, spinning and turning, turning and spinning? We all have periods of our lives when we feel out of control, trapped, unable to escape or save ourselves.
Roughly thirteen years and three houses ago, our girls were little, things were simple but hectic, we had dogs and cats, fish, stuff like that. Typical American family. One afternoon my wife went by the laundry area of the house, noticed that the door was open and that the clothes were not completely dry. She shut the door, reset the timer and went on her way. No one noticed at first but there was a da-thump, da-thump, da-thump coming from the dryer. No big deal, probably a pair of tennis shoes drying. After about 20 minutes my wife was tired of hearing the da-thump, da-thump, da-thump and went to take the tennis shoes out. I heard a scream, followed by a very familiar, “John!!!!!!!!!!”
As she opened the door to the dryer and reached down to retrieve the tennis shoes something in the dryer screamed and leaped out. It was Sally… one of our pet cats. Sally was actually a male but our oldest daughter named him/her Sally when he/she was a kitten and we never got around to changing it. And there lay Sally on our kitchen floor, panting wildly, with some blood coming from it’s mouth. I thought he/she was having a heart attack. I grabbed a wet towel and began to wipe him/her down attempting to cool his/her body temperature. We did and Sally went on to live several more years.
The da-thump was Sally who had been in the dryer for the past twenty minutes. She obviously had climbed up in the dryer and my wife without knowing closed the door and turned it on. And away Sally went.
We do that at times, don’t we? We find what we believe to be a safe, warm, out of the way resting place and then bam, life shuts the door, hits the button and we are going around and around in total turmoil.
Storms come up in our lives. We find ourselves fearful, wondering if we will survive this and praying for a calming of the storm. It’s just ahead, the calming of the storm that is. You may have to ride out part of it, screaming all the while, “God don’t you care. Can you not see what we are going through?”
“And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Hush, be still.’ And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.” Mark 4:39
You may feel as though you are in the dryer of life, tumbling over and over again with no one to let you out. Don’t worry, God can hear the da-thump, da-thump, da-thump and is getting ready to open the door and bring you into a perfect calm.
Write the following verse down somewhere close so that when the storms appear you will be ready.
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, so that the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they were quiet; so He guided them to their desired haven.” Psalm 107:28-30