Recently I learned that the thing in the middle of my washing machine is called an agitator and that if you break it, your washing machine will be pretty useless. I also learned that most agitators cannot withstand the weight of the four year old that I sometimes babysit, especially if we were attempting to recreate the Magic Kingdom tea cup ride inside of the washing machine basket, but that’s neither here nor there.
After I explained to the gentleman who serviced my washing machine how my agitator broke (and after he stopped laughing), he explained the device’s importance to me. He told me that the purpose of the agitator is to move the clothes around, rub the clothing against each other, and to distribute soap in the washing machine. He said that without the agitator, it would be almost impossible to remove the stains in our clothing.
The Great Agitator
Have you ever had the experience of everything going well in your life, and then all of a sudden something happens that leaves you shaken? I have. But I’ve recently been wondering, what if God is the Great Agitator? What if He’s shaking me in order to truly cleanse me?
It makes me look at my agitation very differently:
His voice that time shook the earth to its foundations; this time—he’s told us this quite plainly—he’ll also rock the heavens: “One last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern.” The phrase “one last shaking” means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered. Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. God himself is Fire (Hebrews 12:26-29, The Message)!
Jael Amador writes from New York, New York.
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