The Dryer Sheet

by Joanna Pierce on September 04, 2019

I’ve been on a never-ending “man-hunt” the last decade for a household item, which presence eludes me at every turn. It’s none other than the common, dryer sheet. I’m cognizant of its whereabouts when placed on the shelf of my utility room, once in hand being transported across the room to the dryer, and the second it lands atop a wet load of laundry inside the dryer. But, the moment the dryer starts, the sheet vanishes into thin air, never to be found again… Well, at least never to be found at the opportune time, somewhere in the span of the next several months or so.

I’m completely baffled as to how these dryer sheets make their escape. I’ll pull every item from the dryer, examine it thoroughly before folding, and even stick my head inside the dryer to ensure it’s not pulling a gravity-defying stunt by clinging to the top of the dryer drum. But, every time, they disappear, and I’m left mulling over how it managed to muster a successful escape plan.

I lie awake at night staring at my ceiling, covered with wanted posters of every devious dryer sheet. The escapee of 2009 is still giving me nightmares—it’s out running loose in the laundry world and who knows what and whom it’s victimized all these years… Occasionally, I’ll be able to close a MIA case, but it’s not done with any glorious detective work on my part. The mystery’s solved the moment I thrust my arm through a shirt sleeve I haven’t worn in months, and out pops the dryer sheet.

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring (Acts 17:27–28, KJV).

Albeit strange in comparison, I’ve realized God is like my mysterious dryer sheets. God is a Spirit; therefore, we can’t see Him—no matter how much we feel around or dig into the recesses of our life. But, He’s always present and able, catalyzed by a supernatural power very much like the static electricity at work in the dryer sheet.

In the daily (laundry) lifecycles we endure, we know God’s been added to our load because we’ve prayed, fasted, and read the Word. Sometimes when the load comes out, it doesn’t appear that God was ever there. We can’t feel Him, but I promise He’s there every time and there’s evidence of Him in every basket of fresh laundry (Lamentations 3:22). He’s even told us He’ll never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

God’s always working in the background even though He’s hidden from sight. However, just like a dryer sheet can pop out from a shirt sleeve when you least expect it, God will appear to us—in some form or fashion. His arrival, and reassurance that He’s an ever-present help in a time of trouble, is always wanted (Psalms 46:1).

We may not always be able to find God in our own life at times. It might take someone else to step in and point Him out. We need the church to help us in our search and discovery of God at different seasons. We many not need their help for every load, but in the times we just need an extra set of eyes.

I could tell you many more ways in which our God is like a dryer sheet, but I encourage you to draw your own analogy and find those similarities. Just know that we serve an awesome God whose ways will escape us occasionally, but we’ll always be able to find Him when the timing is right. Don’t give up the search.