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Our dryer has a setting where you can turn the dial to the refresh section and choose 30, 40 or 50 minutes to "refresh" the load. What this means to me is that I've left the laundry in the dryer overnight...or let's be honest, sometimes for a few days at a time. I am turning this dial, because the laundry has been sitting there wrinkling for hours and there's no way I will get to it anytime soon.
The Dictionary.com definition that fits this best is: "To freshen in appearance, color, etc., as by a restorative." Let's hope that load of laundry stays fresh until I get home tonight. Or, maybe I'll get to it in the morning...
Sometimes I also need a refresh button for life. Mornings like today, I have been running non-stop since the alarm rang. I exercised, refreshed the laundry, took a shower, checked our schedule and email, made my son and I breakfast, tied his shoes and shooed him out the door just in time to make the bus. My daughter woke up late, so I quickly gave her food, got her dressed at breakneck speed and put more laundry in the dryer. It was pouring outside, which required her special dinosaur raincoat and ice cream umbrella. We were running late. She would no doubt miss the fine motor skills time at preschool and be scarred for life.
I need a refresh button for today.
The other definitions for "refresh" that struck home with me are:
"To provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc." and "To make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer."
After the middle-of the night diaper change and the early morning alarm, I sure could use some of that energy and rest right now. Instead, I'll settle for some coffee and a few minutes to watch the rain.
Looking up a verse for this concept, I found this one for the first time: "The Lord replied, 'I will go with you. And I will give you rest.' " (Exodus 33:14) How cool is that? I'm sure I am totally taking it out of context, and I know my seminary professors would kill me for this, but I am going to mention it here, because what a message! God will go with us, and he will give us rest.
If, like me, you need a "refresh" button for life, think about this verse today. Dwell on it. Walk in it. God will go with you. He will give you rest.
Thank you, God, for the refreshment that comes from you just when we need it.