As a bride, I washed the clothes in a hand pump washing machine.
I never called it a washing machine; it required too much effort to operate it.
I would heat water in the copper and bucket the water into the ‘machine’ add soap powder, screw the large suction pump to the handle and pump up and down. The clothes were supposed to come clean. It was hard hot work still it was better than using a scrubbing board.
I remember my inadequacies, unworthiness and inability to make myself better. Thinking about reinventing ourselves, we have to find a way to remove the mental dirt, the psychological baggage we accumulate throughout our life. Even our best efforts, like my washing machine action, are not perfect. We are still the same old same old, imperfect person.
God has seen our struggles, our tears, our brokenness, hopelessness and sent Jesus to us. Indeed, God laid all our imperfection on Christ on the cross. Christ bore them, he took them to the grave with him and left them there, and when he arose, he left our unworthiness in the grave and rose clothing us in his goodness.
When we accept Jesus, God pours into us the goodness of Jesus. God forgets our psychological baggage; he doesn’t remember it any more. We are new people. Our struggles are over; we just have to be. It is not our job anymore to be better people. Jesus has made us righteous by indwelling us with himself.
Thought for the day: ‘…just think how much more surely the blood of Christ will transform our lives and hearts.’ Hebrew 9: 19 LB