A friend asked me the other day if I had an automatic dish
washer. I smiled and said, "Nope! sometimes I forget to do them at
all." The truth is I have washed a lot of dishes in my life. I have
faced dried on, caked on, and burnt on food that my dogs wouldn't even
touch. I have scrubbed out pots and pans that needed a barrel's worth
of elbow grease to get clean. I have done dishes when the water pipes
were froze and I had to carry in water from outside and heat it on the
stove. I have even worked in a restaurant where I had to wash a year's
worth of dishes every single day. A full sink and an empty dish rack
don't scare me then. In fact, I find it peaceful slowly scrubbing away
the crust and grime from my dishes, cups, pots, and pans. I sometimes
even sing to myself while I wash them. It feels good looking at them
when I am done and seeing them sparkling, clean, and ready to use.
I only wish that getting the crust and grime off our hearts,
souls, and minds was as easy. This world is always working to dry on
its anger, cake on its prejudice, and burn on its hatred. Everyday it
does its worst to fill our insides with its muck. After a while it is
hard not to feel like a 10 foot tall stack of dirty dishes.
Thankfully, though, we can all call in the best dishwasher in the
universe: God. No matter how much filth this world throws at us when
He washes us in His love and rinses us in His forgiveness we too come
out sparkling, clean, and ready to use. He is always ready to step up
to the sink too. We just have to let Him.
The next time you are washing your own dishes then allow God's
love, peace, and forgiveness wash over you too. The next time you are
drying your pots and pans allow God to dry your tears as well. You
don't have to go through life feeling like a dirty dish, not when
God's love and joy can make you sparkle and shine.
(By: Joseph J. Mazzella)