When my husband and I first got married, we both worked fulltime, and my husband was also in college. So, all the housework fell to me. I was not thrilled with my new role. I’ll admit it…I hate housework, and I really have to be in the mood to do it.
Back then, I hated doing laundry. Not only doing it, but just getting to the washer and dryer was a pain! At that time, we lived in an apartment. I used to have to lug large baskets of laundry to another building that was not close by and run back and forth to check and make sure nobody ran off with my clothes. Sometimes, I would bring a book and stay. I was not comfortable staying in the basement of that building. It gave me the creeps, as did some of the people who came and went. Then we moved closer to my parent’s house, and I was able to do laundry there until we were able to afford a washer and dryer. I enjoyed doing laundry at that time because visiting my family was a perk.
I learned something about my husband through his laundry. The most telling thing was that he was not very careful with money back then. Doing laundry was financially rewarding for me. I could count on finding money in the dryer at some point on laundry day. Not just quarters, pennies, nickels and dimes, but $1.00, $5.00, $10.00 and $20.00. It was like playing a slot machine! When the clothes went in, I never knew how much money would come out! One month I made more than $50.00. Back then, that was a lot of money. He never seemed to miss the money either. I was just happy it fell into my hands and not into someone else’s. The found money went back into our budget.
When I ponder those laundry days, I am reminded that something unexpected and good can be found in something that is unpleasant or difficult. Sometimes the good things are obvious like the money in the washer/dryer, and other times it may not be so obvious like precious time spent visiting with my parents when I went over to their house to do laundry. The bad things that happen or unpleasant things we have to do can blind us to the good that can come from it. Difficult circumstances can bond us with people, can aid in our spiritual growth, and by forcing us to turn to and rely on the Lord and learn more about Him.
All bad or unpleasant experiences add to our personal wealth…not necessarily our monetary wealth, but our spiritual wealth. Every time we persevere through a difficult time or circumstance something new and important is added to our spirit. Jesus told us that our treasures are in heaven not on this earth. Those things that are added to our spirit are lasting, but material wealth; like that money found in the washer/dryer spends quickly. God looks at our spirit and our hearts and not what we have in our bank account or assets. When we go through life’s trials, not only can we can view it as adding to our spiritual wealth, it also shows us the power of the Lord. The Lord is our eternal constant and is more than able to get us through anything that life throws at us.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7-8