This past Saturday afternoon found me busy washing and hanging out laundry. I truly love to hang out my laundry. It's a peaceful time for me and I usually use that time to just listen to God and all of the sounds He's put around me.
During this time, the phone rang and it was my friend R wanting to know if me and DH would like to go out to dinner with her and her hubby. Sure! Sounds like fun!
I took in a few more loads of laundry and decided that even though it was close to dark, I would hang out another couple of loads. They would dry Sunday afternoon and I could take in that laundry before evening service. It was all good.
We had a great Sunday morning service, went to get a bite to eat, off to buy some (more) pool chemicals..yes, we are still battling our pool water issues..aarrgghh!!!.....and home.
I saw the laundry on the line as we pulled into the driveway, but for whatever reason, it didn't register in my mind, "Hey! The laundry's dry Deb. You need to get it off the line."
I came in the house, got in some comfy clothes and read the Sunday paper.
Before I knew it, it was time to get ready for evening service and head back to church.
Getting back in the car, I looked at the laundry still hanging on the line and said, "Oh man!! I forgot to get the laundry in."
DH: "Want me to grab it for you?"...he is soooo awesome!!!
Me: "Nah, I'll get it as soon as we get home from church."
Holy Spirit: "Deb, you're not going to be late, just grab the laundry....it's going to rain before you get home."
Me: "Nah. It won't rain..hasn't rained in over a week, I'll get it when I get home."
Holy Spirit: "Okay........."
"Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest." Proverbs 20: 4, NLT
Or in this situation, Deb, being too lazy to take her laundry in will have wet laundry when she returns home.
And she did.
About halfway through service, I hear a noise. "Hmmmm..what's that I hear...no!!...it couldn't be....oh no!!!! It is!!! It's raining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Holy Spirit: "You know, Deb, I did tell you that you needed to get your laundry in."
BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big rounds of thunder...oh, how I wanted to jump up and yell, "NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Ahh...but it was too late. I had ignored DH, I had ignored the Holy Spirit and now I was going to have to redo all that laundry.
In my procrastination..my laziness...I didn't save any money because that laundry is going to have to be put back in the washer to be wrung out and then dried in the dryer. All because I was lazy and deaf to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
"Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty." Proverbs 21: 5, NLT
Or in my case, wasting my time, our money and adding a lot more work to my day.
I went to bed, wet laundry on the line. Why didn't I go ahead and bring the laundry in you ask?? Well, my thinking was, "Hey! It will be sunny tomorrow and even though it may take all day, it will still dry."
About 1 a.m and again about 3:30 a.m, I was woken up by my perfect Savior to the sound of more thunder crashing and rain falling.
Did I get upset or angry?? No...I just smiled and went back to sleep.
Why did I smile you ask?
Because I serve an awesome God. One Who doesn't give up on trying to teach me a lesson. One Who loves me enough to drive home the fact that He doesn't want me to ignore Him when He tells me something.
He reminded me that if I ignore Him in small stuff...that I'll probably ignore Him in the big stuff and that's not acceptable.
"Listen to My instruction and be wise. Don't ignore it." Proverbs 8:33, NLT
So...if this is what it takes to get my attention.....Jesus bring the rain!!!