Posted December 15, 2016 under Blog

My Upside Down Dryer

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And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people."

Luke 2: 10

My Upside Down Dryer

Did you know that a clothes dryer can work upside down??I spent so many hours researching and canvassing all kinds of possible machines.?There's the regular tumble dryer, there's the condenser kind, and a "heat pump" dryer... both of which cost double the first one.

I talked and listened to salespeople give their complicated explanations, until my eyes glazed over.?I went from shop to shop, walked 10,000-14,000 steps daily, to canvas for the right contraption.

I searched the internet, examined reviews, until my head felt like clothes tumbling in a dryer.

The reason why it was taking so long to purchase one is because our apartment unit does not have much space for a dryer. So the dryer had to be on top of the existing washing machine, PLUS it had to ventilate out of a window that's placed in an akward, narrow spot.

Finally, on one serendipitous sale day, we bought one (the regular, cheaper kind).

Delivery Day dawned and my long awaited dryer arrived. Big Burly Delivery Guy single-handedly unpacks and lifts dryer on top of washing Machine.?Small Woman Customer (me) does a happy dance of joy.?Big Burly Delivery Guy informs Small Woman Customer that dryer exhaust hose can't be installed. The space is too narrow.

Small Desperate Woman Customer tells Big Burly Delivery Guy that he CANNOT leave until dryer is operating.?Big Burly Delivery Guy explains that, "I'm just the delivery guy."?Small Desperate Woman Customer holds Big Burly Delivery Guy hostage.?Small Desperate Woman Customer makes Big Burly Delivery Guy cry.

Nah, not really.?I did not hold him hostage. But the desperate part is real.

I did not want to hang wet clothes anymore and do jumping jacks just to reach my high clothesline. Neither did I want to hang clothes outside my 25th storey window.?I wanted my dryer to work. And I wanted it now.

My mouth was full of grumbles, and my mind was frustrated.?I was disturbed, discontented, and disappointed.

Well, Lo and Behold, an "angel" appeared!

Just when Joey and I had reached the point of giving up, and sending this contraption back, one wise man from Joey's office, dropped by and decided to open the Dryer Instruction Manual (which was still wrapped and untouched in it's plastic pouch).

Instead of running around, asking people, scoring the internet for information, which I was doing, Kenneth the Wise Man, decided to just stop fiddling with the contraption and simply read the printed word.

Then, he gives the GOOD NEWS:?"Your DRYER CAN WORK. Just turn it UPSIDE DOWN."

WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN A DRYER COULD DO THAT??

But there it was. Printed in black and white.?So we turned our dryer, and it worked beautifully!!

So what does a story of a dryer have to do with Christmas? Nothing.?But the lesson is the same: We all have seasons of desperation. Times we feel clueless and searching for answers.?Instead of always looking to people for answers, maybe this Christmas is a time, we can?read the Good News for ourselves.

After all, that is what the angels said:

And the angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you?good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Luke 2: 10

Reading the Manual turned my dryer around, and made it work.
Reading God's Manual can turn your life around, and make it work too!

God has solutions to our worries. Healing for our sadness. Breakthroughs for our barriers.?Far beyond what we can even think of or imagine.?But that may mean we need to read more and talk less.

Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3: 20-21

So happy reading everyone!

 

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