we stand on the threshold of a new year, we may all have made resolutions. Some
of us have so often made and failed to keep New Year’s resolutions that we have
now resolved to make no new resolutions but to do things on our own, in our own
is an old dishwasher in my garage that has been collecting dust for a long
time. I was going to say months, but it’s more likely been there for a few
years. I am not even sure exactly how it got there but I think that at the time
it was replaced I thought the appliance guy wanted way too much money to haul
the old dishwasher away. So there it sits.
know it has been there for a long time because it no longer has that stale
water, dead matter stink that an unopened, unused dishwasher can have when it
sits for a while. Once the water dries out of the system completely, the smell
pretty much evaporates, too.
tried once or twice to lift that old washer onto the back of my pickup; I even
tried to use a 2 by 10 plank as an inclined plane to maneuver the appliance
onto the truck bed. That didn’t work so well! So, I pushed it back out of the
did find the top to be a useful work area for some of the repairs and tinkering
I had to do; it was sure easier working at waist level than bending over to
drill holes and run screws into some small pieces of wood. That top was only
occasionally useful, and then the whole appliance was an obstruction. And the
only way I could get it out of my way was to push it over to my wife’s side of
the garage. After all, she had the smaller vehicle and she didn’t need nearly
the room my truck needed. And after all, it was her fault the dishwasher was
there in the first place. She was the one that wanted a new one!
it was first put out into the garage, the young man next door offered to help
me put the old washer on the back of my truck so I could take it to the dump.
The first time it just wasn’t convenient – I had other important things to do.
The young guy was muscular enough that he could probably have lifted the washer
onto the truck all by himself, but I never let him.
next time he saw me out front in the garage, he offered again, suggested
really, that it would be a good idea to get rid of that old appliance. My
priority that day was to take the truck to the car wash and to come home and
have a nice nap in the sun.
has offered many times since. Sometimes we made a joke of it; sometimes I
merely ignore his offer. Over time it has gotten to the point that I avoid
going out front when I see my neighbour outside. In fact, I am not sure whether
he still lives next door, or whether he ever did. Maybe I only imagined him!
while it does continue to collect dust, and other junk, that old washer is not
really in my way; I can always maneuver around it. I’m not sure whether it bothers
my wife or not, but she’ll just have to suck it up. There really isn‘t a lot I
can do about it. Some things are just the way they are. And the only real
problem I had was that I had to clean out an old mouse’s nest from the inside.
I guess it squeezed in through one of the inlet valves or hoses or something.
know, if people don’t like that old dishwasher in the garage – too bad.
an absurd story. And I have to confess that I have been stringing you along.
isn’t this the way we treat a loving compassionate God who comes alongside and
offers to help us take the garbage out? We thank Him and let Him know that the
time is not convenient, we hide from His repeated appearances and appeals until
we almost believe that He never existed although there are those crucial times
of emotional strain or pain or joy when we love the idea of a god. The rest of
the time we push our problems off to the side, and let others know that if they
don’t like it they don’t have to get involved. After all, that’s the way we
were born, and we can’t help being who we are. In fact, we have to be who we
are. When our issues are too much for us we project our problems onto someone
else – and it is no longer ours.
value independence. Common sense has taught us it is the wise way to conduct
ourselves. Self sufficiency will get us to our goals; but it turns out this
great wisdom is actually foolishness! When we say we need no one, we err,
especially when we need no God. The Bible says, Only fools say in their
hearts, “There is no God.” (Ps. 14:1)
2020 may we flee our own foolishness! May we resolve to draw nearer to the one
who wants to help us take the garbage out!