He Washed Me White as (Ivory) Snow

One of these things is not like the other!

One of these things is not like the other!

I am going to share something slightly embarrassing today… yes, folks, I have been a victim of “laundry bottle identity crisis”.  I cannot be the only one that has suffered from this condition, so I felt the need to come out of the closet…

One evening when my youngest was still a baby, I was carefully switching the laundry from the washer to the dryer.  As I  mindlessly took each article of clothing out, my dear, darling husband sweetly pointed out  that the bottle of laundry detergent I had been using for weeks was, in fact, not detergent at all- it was….. wait for it…. FABRIC SOFTENER!!!!  The horror!!!

I did not know what to do!  I mean, I thought wow, my clothes sure have been smelling good!!   And then I worried- what if it was just like spraying Febreeze on them?  What if I was just covering up the stink??

And I laughed, and laughed for weeks on end about that little mishap.  And you know what? It has happened again… many, many times!

So, the real question is why do they make these bottles so similar?  Come on, guys!!! Those of us who are keeping you all in business are sleep deprived mommies and caregivers who just need a little extra sign on the front of the bottle.  It is really hard to tell the difference between these bottles… same color, shape, size, and sometimes they even have similar pictures on the front!  And the word “laundry detergent” is in the smallest print possible!!

Then I got to thinking about this “laundry bottle identity crisis”…  it’s not that it isn’t labeled… it’s just that I fail to pay attention to details.  But-  I don’t want my laundry to just smell clean, I want it to be clean!

Which leads me to one of my favorite Bible verses-

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10

 I don’t want to just look clean, I want my heart to be clean before God.  It is even more important that we take care of our “deeper cleaning” and make sure our hearts are clear before Him each day.   Just as I need to take an extra minute to read the laundry bottles, I need to also take those few extra minutes throughout my day to pray and  read God’s Word.

Lord, help me to mind the “small print” on the laundry bottles and in Your Word, to take the time to pay attention to details, and to continue to see You in all things.  May You help me to laugh more, get frustrated less, and to find peace and joy in You!



5 thoughts on “He Washed Me White as (Ivory) Snow

  1. Reblogged this on Journey With Jesus and commented:
    What a great observation on missing the details. Julie again helps us to see that desiring to be CLEAN is the point, appearing clean is worthless. Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” ~Matthew 23:27
    Just like the fabric softener isn’t a cleaning agent, we can’t “fake it till we make it”. We must purpose to follow HIM, know HIM through HIS word and focus our life’s intent on HIM. Protecting our heart, mind and soul by paying attention to what we hear, say and see! Paul said, “Everything is permissible for me—but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me—but I will not be mastered by anything.” ~1 Corinthians 6:12 I should only seek to be around things that are drawing me to Christ always! If I’m not being drawn to HIM, I’m moving away from HIM.
    It is our responsibility to yield to HIM and this is accomplished by HIS grace and through the power of the Holy Spirit, who gives counsel, guidance and peace. When we speak HIS words, when we seek HIS presence and when we hold HIM dearest of all things, HE blesses us in ways we could never have dreamed.
    We have a choice and we must choose, HIS way or our own…. Let’s join Julie in her closing prayer; that HE will help us to “mind the ‘small print’ in HIS Word, to take time to pay attention to details, and to continue to see You in all things.” I’ll tell you this, HE will honor this prayer as you honor HIM through a life dedicated to honoring HIM daily.
    Blessings & Peace Always,


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