The Laundry Room Door

February 13, 2021
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Psalm 139:1-4 – O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. (NIV)

Fortunately for me, the lock on the outside of the laundry room door is high enough that my two little granddaughters can't yet reach it, because if they could lock it, I couldn't get out! They love nothing better than to run and shut the door behind me when I am busy sorting the laundry into piles to be washed. And why are they shutting the door behind me? Because they think that this gives them an opportunity to get into something that they know that they are not supposed to be getting into and that I won't know or hear them getting into it.

What a laugh! Every time it happens, I chuckle to myself at their naïve and childish thinking. I know where they are, and I almost always know what it is they are doing, too.

Yet, how often do we do the same sort of thing to God. We try to shut Him out of the areas of our lives that we don't want Him to know about, because we know that we shouldn't be doing them, but we want to do them anyway. How naïve and childish this type of thinking and behaviour is for the child of God! Today's passage makes it abundantly clear that we can't shut the laundry room door on God. We can't lock Him out of our lives, no matter how hard we try, for He knows where we are and what we are doing, no matter what.

So today, let's act like grown-up Christians in all that we do and think and say. Let's keep the door of communication open between ourselves and God, allowing Him to keep us doing the work of His kingdom in every area of our lives, not only for His sake, but especially for our own.

Prayer: Father God, how You must chuckle at much of Your children's foolishness. Help us today to be wise children of light who are guided and directed by Your goodness and love in everything that we do and say, that no desire of darkness may dwell within us. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you, Lynn, for another great devotional.


    Good example, Lynne! From the actions of babes, we often see ourselves!!! Happy Valentine’s Day with those adorable little ones!!


    Yes. God is light. In Him there is no darkness. Walk in the light as He is in the light. Interesting that Adam and Eve hid after they had sinned.


    Thank you, Lynne, your devotionals are a gentle and effective way to teach us about God’s love.
    Thank you.


    Great devotional today, Lynne! I doubt there is any adult that couldn’t identify with the antics of young children! May we all honour the Lord, remembering He is everywhere and knows all (and loves us anyway).


    Thanks, Lynne. We enjoyed the laundry room door story and the application you made is such a good challenge.
    Happy Valentine’s Day! God’s love makes every day worth celebrating.


    Lynne,
    EXCELLENT sharing. For me, it hit the nail right on the head.
    Blessings,
    (CA)


    Lynne,
    I smiled all the way through this devotion remembering my twin granddaughters and their door closing, as well as how important it is not to try and hide anything from our Lord. Blessings to your writing.


    Thank you, Lynne, for your words today. My favourite Psalm. It is a wonderful reminder that we are all very special to God, and that in all we do, we are never alone. Take care, keep safe and God Bless.
    (Ontario)


    As always, Lynne, your devotional writing touches my heart. In my mind I can see your granddaughters. When our youngest, twins, were about two they came to visit for a week without their parents. One of my favorite photos ever is of the two of them jumping on our bed. My husband, is in background enjoying the scene. You, however, have your grandchildren on a daily basis and they are blessed by you.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful gift of writing.


    Good morning Lynne,
    Just loved your devotional this morning and could just visualize those little grandchildren delighting in closing grandma in the laundry room so they could get into something that she might not know about. But Grandma was well aware! Just like our loving God is always on the alert of our thoughts and actions. We need follow His word and guidance which will save us from undesired results. Thankfully, He is ever available to us and keeps us from taking the wrong path.
    Thank you for the special writings you contribute, and I pray you and family stay safe and warm through this chilly weather spell.
    Blessings.


    Hello Lynne
    Thank you for this and I can identify with it.
    I love the scripture you opened with and funny, before I came to the computer this morning, I did my devotional reading, and talk with God and I had said to Him, God you know my heart, help me……after I read the designated verses in Romans and after thinking about it…I got this come to me…
    Because of You, I am forgiven
    Because of You, I am set free
    Because of You, I have a future
    May all I do, glorify You.
    Then I read this. God never ceases to amaze me. It is going to be a great day!!
    God bless.


    A spiritual laundry room! Our sins are washed away, whiter than snow.


    Good morning Lynne,
    How foolish we can be at times!!! Thanks for sharing and it is always a pleasure to know how much you enjoy your grandchildren and all your animals. May you have a blessed day.

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