When we were in Bar Nunn, Wyoming, right near the RV park, there was a sign that I thought was hysterical.
In my mind, I was envisioning the long conveyor belt pulling the car, then pulling a truck followed by a dog, all of them going in tandem through the sprayer with the soap squirting all over, then the brushes or perhaps strips of material swinging around lathering up the soap. Of course, then there is the rinse which is followed by the fans to dry off the car, the truck and the dog!
I started to laugh, with my mind going to a mental picture of our two MinPin canine daughters going through the dog wash.
Of course, the dog wash was not actually a mechanical thing, rather it was a room with a tub and faucet for cleaning the little darlings! The mental image, however, stayed with me and brought a chuckle even when they were sitting on my lap sound asleep.
One stop cleaning for car, truck and beast.
Often we want to multi-task, that is, getting more than one thing done at a time. This is especially true in our modern society with all the technical advantages that former generations did not have and could not even imagine.
You can be walking, talking on the phone and looking up the Google map of where you are going all at the same time. We drive the car while eating the fast food on our way to an appointment while an associate is telling us detailed information we need to know before getting to the meeting.
Multitasking, dividing our attention between multiple things is a common sight in the modern society in which we live.
While you can accomplish much with multitasking, there is at least one thing that you cannot accomplish with that technique. You cannot commune with the Almighty God while you are doing numerous other things.
In the Holy Bible, the book of Matthew, we read the following account between a lawyer and Jesus:
“And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law.” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.””
Matthew 22:35-40 ESV
Loving God with all your heart, soul and mind … that doesn’t sound like multitasking to me. That sounds like we are to meditate on God, on Who He is, on His commandments, on His Word in Scripture … we are to think about God and not squeeze Him into our schedule right after dusting and just behind laundry.
The Psalmist talks about meditation repeatedly in the Psalter. Consider these verses:
“I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.“
Psalm 77:12 ESV
“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.”
Psalm 119:15 ESV
Beloved, the Almighty God has given us His Son as a sacrifice to pay for our sins. He who was sinless died a horrible death and suffered the wrath that the Holy God has for sin, our sin. He took our blame so that we could received His righteousness, through faith in His amazing work.
“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.”
Psalm 29:2 ESV
The vision of God and the recognition that we are to worship Him properly always brings a realization of our sin. See what Isaiah says when he saw the vision of God:
“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!””
Isaiah 6:1-5 ESV
Isaiah clearly was not considering multitasking when he acknowledged his sin after recognizing the holiness of God. God is holy and He deserves, no He properly demands, wholehearted worship. He is the Creator and we are the miniscule creations, but He loved us enough to send Christ to pay the price for our sin. So, while we may be weaklings when compared to the omnipotent God, we are His pride and joy as His children when we come to Him through faith in His Son.
So, multitasking is fine for some things, but the worship of God deserves our full attention as we seek to know Him better and as we give Him the honor and worship due His Holy Name.
The place for the car wash, truck wash, and dog wash pales when we remember that the Christian is washed in the blood of the Lamb, and that washing does not wear off and does not have to be repeated over and over. Further, it is a washing that is unique to each and every one of us, and it makes us God’s children for all time.
Meditate on all that the Almighty God has done for you. Meditate on the work of Jesus Christ as He suffered abandonment by the Father because God could not look on His Son who was covered in humanity’s sin. Meditate on the work of the Holy Spirit as He quickens our hearts so we can exercise faith in Christ and then He teaches us what we need to know about who God wants us to be – people who are transformed into the image of His Beloved Son.
Praise His Holy Name!