Everything I know about God I learned in my laundry pile

The first lesson you learn in motherhood is that when you create a human, you also spend a lot of time cleaning up after it. Which, if you think about it, is pretty much what God has been doing since the day He created humans. Cleaning up after us, I mean.

The second lesson you learn in motherhood is that laundry, like God, is never-ending. You’re never really done with laundry. And if my experience with God is anything like my experience with laundry, no sooner do you think you’ve got a handle on it–then something big comes along (like, say, the birth of twins) to remind you that uhhhh, nope! You are in way over your head.

Which is to say, I’ve stopped trying to find out where God ends and just do a better job managing my dirty laundry—literally and figuratively.

I’ve also learned that slacking off on the laundry is a lot like slacking off in my relationship with God. Sure, I can let all my sins pile up but then it’s just a huge undertaking getting myself back on track again. I find it’s better to do three loads of laundry per day which keeps everyone clothed and helps us avoid those mornings when three kids can’t find matching socks and two other kids have no underwear.

Likewise, keeping up with God everyday helps me avoid those mornings when I show up at Confession in mismatched socks and dirty underwear, spiritually speaking.

What’s really important to understand about laundry is that you can’t treat every item the same. Some stuff you can chuck into blazing hot water with hard-agitation and a high-heat dry cycle. Other stuff is delicate and requires cool water, gentle agitation and an air-dry.

Pretty much this is how God deals me, too. If God stuck someone like me in hot water and a high-heat dry cycle, I’d shrink up and die. I’m sensitive which means I’ll take my cleanings gentle with a nice line-dry in a sunny breeze, thankyouverymuch.

And we all know that God created natural family planning which is just another way of saying laundry. After doing a week’s worth of laundry for the seven members of my family, it’s not super difficult for me to say: “Honey, no sex on my fertile days.” Mainly because I’m wholly worn-out—which is just another way of saying holy, of course.

Lastly, I used to get all riled up about that Scripture verse: “women will be saved through childbirth.” But recently, I’ve landed on the obvious explanation. Clearly, this verse is all about laundry.

After millions of loads of laundry, I know exactly what “being saved through childbirth” means: mothers are so worn-out from doing laundry they simply don’t have enough energy for going out and committing mortal sins.

All I’m saying is that I’d be a much better sinner if only I didn’t have so much laundry to do. Oh well, somebody’s gotta be a saint around here.

  • http://remnantofremnant.blogspot.com/ p’s w

    oops- I’m off to fold laundry…

  • http://www.jessicamccracken.com/ Jessica

    My husband caught us up on our laundry; can I apply that to my “spiritual” dirt?  :)

  • Tiffany Nicholas

    I love this! And especially appreciate the picture of the laundry pile.  Looks like mine. :)

  • http://somewiseguy.com ThatGuyKC

    Haha! What a great analogy!

    I’m the primary laundry folder and dishwasher in our little family of 4 and I can barely keep up. I don’t know how y’all do it.

  • http://evenonesparrow.blogspot.com even one sparrow

    I have learned SO MUCH about the Lord and my relationship to Him through being a mom.  And I’ve learned a lot about patience and prayer by doing the dishes which, if you don’t have a dishwasher, is very similar to the never-ending loads of laundry.

  • Handsfull

    I don’t have a problem with getting dirty laundry clean, my problem lies with getting the clean washing folded and put away.  In our lounge we have a sitting sofa and a laundry sofa where the clean washing lives.  Lol!  Wonder what the spiritual analogy for that is…

  • Susan

    Loved this, EE. :)

  • Brenna

    Oh, my, you just made my heart happy (I say as I glance at the four loads that need to be put away, the four loads that need to be done ,wishing we had our own washer and drier and didn’t have to go up and down four flights of stairs….). Isn’t it so hopeful to find glimpses of God in the monotony of life?

  • http://bunkersdown.com/ Ami

    I cannot even fathom coping with the laundry needs of twins.  You are clearly a strong, strong woman.  

  • Tim

    25 year old bachelor here. I just did 12 loads of laundry. I had been getting to the point where I would rather buy new clothes than do laundry…

    Needless to say I just spent the last 12 hours in laundry Hell.