Wednesday marked the end of the quarter-hoarding, minimalist-load-doing era for our family. On Sunday, A’s parents are bringing us their old washer and dryer… That empty washer/dryer hookup we’ve had since January will finally be filled. Oh how I’ve dreamed of what it would be like to return to cloth diapers, to do a load anytime day or night, to do loads while Ae is at my feet playing or helping!
But this season hasn’t been all bad. Sure – I wondered if we were crazy when we kept going to the laundromat as we waited for the washer and dryer, rather than just forking over the $50 for a used set from craigslist. Yep – there were days I really didn’t want to get up and out the door to go do laundry. Yet God had a bigger plan.
Contentment is not about your circumstances; it’s about your outlook. In the midst of these last few months, I wasn’t always certain why God had led us to the laundromat. There are definitely some interesting people there! And my little introverted self listens to most conversations, rarely piping up or otherwise contributing. So why was I there? Why did I put Ae in the Ergo on my back and do 2-3 loads of laundry start to finish while A was in class each week?
Janie. God wanted me to count out quarters each week, to be intentional about getting the laundry sorted Tuesday evenings, to load up the car when I’d rather be at home so that I could meet Janie.
For many months I have been praying for a like-minded lady to link arms with. I love spending time with friends, but I like to accomplish tasks on my to-do list together — kind of like the pioneers used to do. Lo and behold, God wanted me to meet the answer to this prayer in the least likely of all situations – at the laundromat.
She recently moved from across the country. Her extended family lives “back there,” while she, her husband, and her 4 year old daughter have transplanted to this area. Our initial conversation started with Pinterest and a comparison of washing soda and baking soda… for our homemade laundry detergent. Each week we would spend our hour and a half as the clothes washed talking about local venues to visit, how her house-hunting was going, and how her week had been. By the end of this season at the laundromat, I loved doing laundry — just because I couldn’t wait to talk to Janie and see what she’d been up to!
I love that Janie’s name means God is gracious. He has used her in our lives in a mighty way already, and I can’t wait to see where He will take our laundromat friendship.
So, friend, as you are reading this today and struggling with contentment… As you are wondering why you followed God’s call about a certain area, especially if it doesn’t make sense… I urge you to trust Him and wait patiently in this season. Perhaps at the end of the season, you will get a glimpse of the why. Perhaps you will not. But I promise – obedience is always worth the cost.
By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation, You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of the far-off seas… Ps. 65:5