Finding God in the Laundry


This morning I was in the laundry washing the batik shirts I wear to campus.  Both Herlina and I were washing batik.   Commercial washing powder is too strong for batik so we were using a traditional way of washing instead.  We were using “lerak” which reminds me of a dried berry.  Lerak is round, brown and about the size of a hazelnut.  It does not have a hard shell but its skin has a leathery texture and it has a hard stone inside.  We use lerak by soaking it briefly in water (cold or hot), one lerak per batik.  Once the lerak has softened a little, we pound it with the edge of a wooden scrubbing brush until it breaks open.  After removing the stone we put the lerak into a bucket of water and froth up the water…and something like soap bubbles appear!  We put the batik in and wash it by hand.

Herlina and I were chatting away to each other about how amazing it was that such a thing like lerak existed.  It suddenly dawned on us how brilliant it was that human beings created batik and God created the perfect thing with which to wash it!  God’s imagination is stunningly creative!

I am now waiting to discover if God has created a natural alternative to ironing!

3 Responses to “Finding God in the Laundry”

  1. Lynne fcJ Says:

    If you discover it please let me know.

  2. Sr. Madeleine Gregg, fcJ Says:

    For handkerchiefs, while still wet, if you spread one against a clean window pane, it dries with no wrinkles!!!!!

  3. clarefcj Says:

    Thanks Madeleine, if you have any further inspiration…let me know!

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