Last night, I picked up some takeout at our favorite Vietnamese/Thai restaurant on my way home from work. Chris & I have grown very fond of Friday nights on the couch with some “#74, green curry with tofu.” As I left the restaurant with our order, I noticed a woman exiting the laundromat next door. She had one of those industrial-sized rolling racks with a basket attached, full of what was probably two weeks’ worth of clothes. Now, I don’t know her story. For all I know, she was waiting on the newest, shiniest machines to be delivered to her house any day now. But just the image of her rolling her clothes out to her car… it took me back.
Lots of people don’t own a washer/dryer, and it’s no big deal to them. Big cities with small apartment-style living make it simple (& even fun) to hit up the laundromat. But I believe that a family in the suburbs suffers when it goes without. Chris & I used to load up kids, quarters, and dirty clothes and head to our apartment complex’s community laundry facilities. The whole process was long and laborious even then, before any of the babies came along! What a blessing it was to get a neighbor’s old washer/dryer when he upgraded. What a blessing it was to be able to purchase a brand-new set of our very own a few years later, when we bought our home.
I know I’ve blogged about it before, but I catch myself staring at Chris all the time and whispering, “We have come so far.” I am just astounded at what God has done with us in such a short time. There was a time at which I thought I’d never marry Christopher, because my parents weren’t so sure about him. There was a time at which I thought he would wander & wonder for years before God brought him to a position as a worship leader. There was a time at which I thought we’d be eternally scarred & discouraged by financial debt, never to be homeowners. While the money could be greater and the debt could be less, I still want to shout about His faithfulness. We have come so far.
But so have you. It’s not about the washer & dryer, or dream jobs, or even about money. It’s about seasons, about landmarks, about victories. Everyone has a milestone at which they can look and say the same thing – I have come so far. What is yours? I’d love to celebrate with you!