There is something satisfying about waking up at 5:00 a.m. to the sound of every washing machine in all of Esterillos running.
It is the exclamation point to the sentence “The sun is out!”
I shout down to my neighbor “What a great sun!” and she is beaming. “Great for washing!”
Between the semi-automatic machines being outside, electricity being spotty during storms, water turning off or coming out in lovely shades of black or brown, and the fact that the sun is needed to actually dry the clothing, storms make laundry washing impossible.
After an entire week of nothing but rain and tropical storms, sunshine is a true gift!
Lately I have been meditating on Isaiah 58. Usually I like to be more “productive” in my Scripture reading and plow through books in a week, but the Holy Spirit has been hitting me hard with this one.
Verse 8 says, “Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.”
Isn’t that exactly what we all want? Light to break forth and for quick healing to come?
Healing for our nation.
Healing for ethnic injustice.
Healing for those suffering from COVID-19.
Healing for broken families.
Healing for the economy.
Healing for _____ (fill in the blank).
We know that the Light has already come (side note- hooray for Christmas season!!):
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12
But even though we are free, we often forget it.
What I am learning is that even though we have already been set free from the shackles of sin and death, we so often choose the heavier yoke. How often do I wake up in the morning and choose to yoke myself to the lies of this world, worry, and fear?
Maybe you are in a storm right now. We all pass through them.
Just remember that Jesus, the light of the world, offers us His peace that surpasses all understanding. He offers to share his yoke with us instead of carrying our heavy burdens from the yoke of this world.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”
If you are feeling anxious or afraid, or really anything but peace, I invite you to surrender whatever the yoke is, and let Jesus take the weight off your shoulders.
And be encouraged, because the sun is always sweeter after a storm.
Sing with me today: Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture