When my husband and I first got married, we both worked fulltime, and my husband was in college. So all the housework fell to me. I was not thrilled with my new role.
Back then, I hated doing laundry. Not only doing it but just getting to the washer and dryer was a pain. At that time, we lived in an apartment. I used to lug large baskets of laundry to another building that was far away and run back and forth to check and make sure nobody ran off with my clothes. Sometimes, I would bring a book and stay, but I was not comfortable staying in the basement of that building.
Then we moved closer to my parent’s house, and I was able to do laundry there until we were able to afford a washer and dryer. I didn’t mind doing laundry at my parent’s house because visiting my family was a perk.
I learned something about my husband through his laundry. The most telling thing was that he was not careful with money back then. Doing laundry was financially rewarding for me. I could count on finding money in the dryer almost every laundry day. Not just quarters, pennies, nickels, and dimes, but $1.00, $5.00, $10.00, and $20.00. It was like playing a slot machine. When the clothes went in, I never knew how much money would come out. One month I made more than $50.00. He never missed the money either. The found wealth went back into our budget.
When I ponder those laundry days, it reminds me that I can find something unexpected and right in something unpleasant or painful. Sometimes the good things are obvious, like the money in the washer/dryer, and other times it may not be so apparent, like precious time spent visiting with my parents when I went over to do laundry. The bad things that happen or unpleasant things we must do can blind us to the good that can come from it. Difficult circumstances can bond us with people, can aid in our spiritual growth, and force us to turn to and rely on the Lord.
All bad or unpleasant experiences add to our spiritual wealth. Every time we persevere through a difficult time or circumstance, something new and essential is added to our spirit. Jesus told us that our treasures are in heaven, not on this earth. Those things that add to our spirit are lasting, but material wealth spends quickly.
God looks at our souls and our hearts and not what we have in our bank account or assets. When we go through life’s trials, not only can we view it as adding to our spiritual wealth, it also shows us the power of the Lord. The Lord is our eternal constant and is more than able to get us through anything that life throws at us.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:7-8