The agitator on our washing machine was broken, which really agitated me. One part was supposed to swish both ways and one part was to swish one way. The one-way swishing part wasn’t swishing. I am no washing machine repairman, but I was determined to give it a try rather than pay a pro many dollars to fix it.
I did what any self-respecting man does when the decision is made to fix something yourself; I went to YouTube on the internet to watch videos of how it should be done. I was shocked to see how popular videos about washing machine agitators are! Two videos had a quarter of a million views each, and another had a million views!
I went to an appliance supply store and bought the $3.50 replacement parts. I then positioned my laptop on the dryer next to the washer and watched and re-watched and re-watched again the videos. My wife Diann assisted me, with a few more suggestions than I felt were necessary; these kind of fix-it projects, when they become a couples’ project, can test a marriage. I can now report that both the washing machine and marriage are doing fine.
The repair project reminded me of the need to be humble enough to know you need help, in this case from some YouTube videos and, yes, from my wife too! If this is true concerning a broken washing machine, then how much more should it be true of our lives in general, which are also broken? We have brokenness all over the place: in our relationships with people and God, in our attitudes, in our bodies, in creation itself with hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, droughts, floods, etc. with which we have to cope.
What we need are some good input and direction, and the ultimate source for that is, of course, God. Where to get God’s guidance? Yes, we can even get good Godly advice from YouTube, you just have to be discerning about who you watch and what they say. Teaching and preaching in churches is another good source, as is counsel from wise friends or family (discernment is needed when getting input from any human, for everyone is broken). Direct reading from God’s Word is undoubtedly the best place to go for input and direction. Asking God’s Holy Spirit to clue us in on what we should understand is another good angle to pursue.
It has been said that he who doctors himself has a fool for a patient. We move from foolishness to wisdom when we seek direction from outside ourselves. The best source for this is none other than God and all the avenues He offers us to access His input.
“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:5