Rocks in the Dryer

Full disclosure: there are few things more annoying to me than repetitive noises...pens clicking, gum popping...you get the picture. My kids will be the first to tell you that these are cardinal sins in our house. You pop your gum, you lose it. Extreme? Maybe a little...but I’m working on it. 

Anyway, my loathing for these types of noises is what led me to my clothes dryer no less than 4 times the other night. 

Something was banging. Over and over.

And over. 

And over. 

I opened it up to find a rather large rock. A rock that had escaped the pocket of my middle boy. The boy that stores all kinds of treasures in his jeans and then promptly forgets about them. And in the middle of this busy week, his mama forgot to check his pockets before those jeans made it to the washing machine, and then the dryer where the “treasures” finally escaped and began to tumble around in there...making me want to lose my ever-loving mind. 

I felt successful when I found that rock, promptly removed it, and started the dryer back. I had not so much as hit the resume button on the Hallmark movie I was watching when the noise began...again. Back to the dryer I went where I found another rock. This time I was a little more thorough and looked through the clothes for any more culprits before I started the dryer back. 

Back to the couch. Back to my mindless movie. Rocks again. 

Seriously? 

This scenario played out a total of 4 times before I got all of those little boogers out of the dryer. They completely alluded me beneath the heaviness and bulk of all of those clothes...until the dryer started back...and then they made their presence known once more. 

Because rocks in the dryer just can’t stay quiet. They are going to clang and bang and cause a disturbance until you deal with them. We can try all we want to cover them up in heavy clothes and bulk and they’ll still eventually be revealed. 

Sin is a lot like those rocks in my dryer. If we don’t deal with it, its going to cause a problem for us. We can try to cover it up, bury it deep down underneath the “have it all together” facade we create, or even try to tune it out, but its eventually going to have to be dealt with. 

And like the rocks, removing that sin completely is the only way to truly solve the problem. We have to first identify and expose the places where sin has broken out and is clanging around in our hearts and minds. Then once we can see what’s causing the problem, we can confess and take a step in true repentance. Remove the rock and close the dryer once and for all. 

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Rocks don’t belong in the dryer any more than sin belongs in a heart filled up with Jesus. Jesus came to set us free from the power sin holds over us, that means we don’t have to live our lives with a rock or two of sin still rolling around in there. 

Instead, through His power, we can promptly expose it, confess it, repent and move on. And because of His amazing grace and faithfulness to us, we can be forgiven.

Sin will still slip in our hearts again, just like I’m sure there will be more rocks in my dryer. But, praise God, it doesn’t have to stay there. 

Jesus came to set us free. 

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2

Megan Woodham