Greg and I love to read “The Truth Will Set You Free – But First It Will Make You Miserable” by the late Jaimie Buckingham. It is full of humorous stories and irreverent humor from someone who has learned not only to laugh at the absurdities of life – but has also learned to laugh at himself.
In the first chapter entitled, ‘My Washing Machine has a demon’ – he talks about the ‘sock gobbling demon’ in his Ripmore – spitting out only one sock – after two had been put in the wash to begin with. He continues to poke fun at the different denominations by referring to ‘the demon’ in his washing machine and how many don’t believe such a thing could be possible. Church of God, Pentecostals, Primitive Baptists – they are all in there – and he makes fun of each one stating what each believes on the subject. It is not meant to be serious at all – but those of us that have been in the ‘church world’ for very many years think it’s hysterical – and pretty accurate.
Do you have a ‘sock gobbling demon’ in your washing machine? We do. Many of my socks are ‘widowed’ and alone. It is frustrating and makes me want to scream!! I know you need to tie them together or put them in a mesh bag to keep them from separating in the wash cycle – but who wants to do that? No – I guess I’d rather lose my socks than do things the ‘right’ way.
In one part of this chapter he talks about his cat, Mrs. Robinson – who prefers to scratch – rather than live in ‘legalistic bondage’ to a flee collar. I guess I’m a little like that cat – who prefers to do things my own way sometimes – even when it isn’t the best way – and even when it takes a lot more time and energy to do so – but it is nice to scratch – and do my own thing. So I keep scratching.
How many of us are ‘scratchers’? Preferring NOT to live under or in ‘bondage’ to barriers and rules – even if they are good for us. Rules are restrictive – boundaries are just for kids, right? Wrong.
Try doing ‘your own thing’ – for very long and you’ll see that there are very good reasons for boundaries and rules – set in place by God himself because he loves you and me so much.
So – Mrs. Robinson – put your flea collar on – and live under God’s protection for your life – and you will be blessed.