It was “Wash Day.” Elise got right to work separating the laundry into piles. She loaded the washer, reached for the cleaning agents, and meticulously measured the bleach, detergent, and fabric softener, pouring each into their respective receptacles. Then she hit the start button and glanced at the remaining piles.
“No!” Elise exclaimed, jamming the stop-cycle button, realizing her mistake.
The white clothes were still on the floor. She had accidentally put her business attire into the wash, along with bleach. Elise removed her permanent-press clothing and replaced them with whites, relieved she had retrieved her business attire before the bleach dispensed.
“Why did I do that?” she said. Elise quickly answered her own question, “It’s because I was just going through the motions.” Doing laundry wasn’t something she prioritized. Rather, it was a chore she did because it was necessary. She didn’t mind the routine of Wash Day, but she didn’t value it.
She poured coffee, sat, and opened her Bible. She read about Mary of Bethany who had been going through the motions of religion until Jesus rescued her from a life of sin. But after Mary had spent time with Jesus, He had become everything to her. Mary offered Jesus her most precious gift—an alabaster box with anointing perfume, which was her dowry. As she did so, her tears fell upon her Master’s feet, which she wiped clean with her hair. No longer was Mary content to go through the motions of lifeless religion. She was devoted to Jesus with every ounce of her being.
She hath washed my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.~Luke 7:44b KJV
Mary loved Jesus! She would follow Him even to the cross. Mary anointed Jesus for His burial ahead of time with her best gift, which was the anointing oil, with the hopes He would rise again. But, no matter how things turned out she wanted Him to have this extravagant gift to honor Him.
Elise thought about the twelve disciples. All except Judas were as devoted as Mary of Bethany. They were willing to give up their livelihoods to follow their master. She realized she must be just as committed. She must prioritize her time with Jesus. She thought about others who had shown their devotion by inviting Him into their homes, or in other ways showing Him honor. She must do the same.
Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.~Luke 18:28 KJV
Elise set her Bible on the stand. “Lord Jesus,” she whispered, “am I going through the motions with my religious ways? Remake me…” She glanced at the laundry. “Cleanse me. Help me to recognize You paid the ultimate price—that of death on a cross. The least I can give You is my whole-hearted devotion. Create in me the heart of a worshiper. Make me a Mary.”
Gently, almost imperceptibly at first, the rain of the Holy Spirit began to descend upon Elise. The washer buzzed, but Elise stayed seated. It was “Wash Day,” and the Lord was answering her heartfelt prayer. A song of praise and thanksgiving, as well as peace unfettered, saturated her. Elise sang into the evening, and then, stillness permeated her soul. In the silence, Elise felt the empowerment of her Savior as never before.
“Wash Day” had become the cleansing she needed. Elise had become a worshiper.
Are you going through the motions when you have your devotion time? If so, ask God to cleanse you.
Lord Jesus, Wash over me with Your love, and cleanse me. Reign in my heart each day and make my worship living rather than rote. Create in me a heart of worship, and help me to have a tender heart towards You, recognizing You paid the ultimate price. I give my entire being to You.
Copyright © 2019: Wash Day: Diane Virginia: All Rights Reserved
Published: March 26, 2017: The Vision Magazine: Word Aflame: Editor Karen Myers: Pentecostal Publishing House, 36 Research Park Ct., Weldon Spring, MO, 63304
Published: April 25, 2019: Christian Broadcasting Network: Beth Patch, Senior Producer
Published (similar version): January 29, 2020: PresbyCan Daily Devotionals: Robin Ross, Submissions Editor
Meet Our Contributor
Diane Virginia (Cunio) is an award-winning author, and the founder/ director of VineWords: Devotions and More. She is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2005. She is a member of Word Weavers, Piedmont-Triad, North Carolina.
Diane’s book, The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press),won The Sparrow Award, Second Runner Up, at the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference 2019. The sequel, Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon, is in the works.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer centers for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places where the Bride of Christ travels to in the allegory, Song of Solomon. She envisions these prayer gardens to serve as refuges for seekers and believers alike where they can tarry, worship, and find or deepen their relationships with Jesus Christ.
Diane is a co-editor, co-compiler, and contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Diane is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Broadcasting Network, Christian Devotions Ministries, Faith Beyond Fear, Inspire a Fire, Pentecostal Publishing House, PresbyCan Daily Devotional, The Secret Place, VineWords: Devotions and More, and other ministries.
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