She lifts the ironing board from the hooks on the back of the laundry room door. There’s just enough floor space between the laundry baskets and the litter box to set up her work station. The ironing board could use some WD-40 but the finger-nails-on-a-chalkboard-screeching-sound it makes as she opens it, is a welcome prelude to the worship and work that’s ahead. She raises a hand and reaches overhead for the inexpensive, but dependable iron. The water in the reservoir gurgles signaling that it’s time to lay it down.
Ironing is Holy Work
She lays down shirts and pants wrinkled after a good cleaning. Collars and sleeves, pockets and cuffs get pressed one by one.
She lays down confession and praise, too. Pressing through questions without answers, hoping, praying, and waiting to hear Him before the job is done.
Her circumstances in this moment are not random. He orchestrated every detail.
As a teenager, someone else did the ironing. As a twenty-something-student-wife she didn’t buy what required ironing or they wore it wrinkled. The grown-up thirties racked regular trips to the cleaners and requests for extra-starch. (Thank you, 1992.) During all those years she followed His call with reckless abandon.
Today is no different.
Because she’s learned that having a resume of what’s shes accomplished is less important than who she’s becoming. Tweet this
Because she’s learning to see every situation in which she finds herself as the means of obtaining a greater knowledge of Jesus Christ. Tweet this
So she follows His call with reckless abandon in total surrender to him.
And ironing becomes holy work.
The Holy Spirit is determined that we will have the realization of Jesus Christ in every area of our lives, and He will bring us back to the same point over and over again until we do.
The point he brings her back to over and again is this:
Whatever we may be doing— even eating, drinking, washing disciples’ feet, [or ironing]— we have to take the initiative of realizing and recognizing Jesus Christ in it. Every phase of our life has its counterpart in the life of Jesus. Our Lord realized His relationship to the Father even in the most menial task. “Jesus, knowing…that He had come from God and was going to God,…took a towel…and began to wash the disciples’ feet…” (John 13:3-5). –Oswald Chambers
Your Reckless Abandon
Have you yet realized your relationship with God in your most menial tasks?
All our work becomes holy work when we recognize Jesus in it.
Your faithfulness in the ordinary—even unpleasant—things of life is an opportunity to be like Christ, teaching and demonstrating God’s ways, to the world around you.
“Christ says, “Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity