My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

Through The Hard

I stood over the kitchen sink, scrubbing furiously. The pan had old pieces of food baked on and I wanted to get through the dishes because I wanted it done. I was willing to put in the work, but I wasn’t getting the results I was looking for. The burned on pieces held strong, and I became frustrated.

“You should let it soak. Just overnight.” My husband offered.

I don’t want to let it soak. I thought. I want to be done with this.


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How often do I feel this way in my life? I want to be done. Done with struggle or an issue or a project or the laundry. Just done. So I work and I work and I wind myself up tight fighting for my way, my timetable.

But maybe the best thing to do is let it soak.

I scrubbed more and finally relented, filling the pan and walking away. In the morning, I picked up the pan, doubtful, and quite honestly wanting to be right. But the food that held on so tight now slid off and I could wash it and be done.

What areas of our lives do we just need to let soak? There are things that I force, that I strive for and get myself all wound up until my shoulders are high and my hands are clenched. Maybe the answer isn’t in our striving. Maybe the answer is in the waiting. The soaking in the thing that will seep into our inner parts and bring release.

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When we soak in Jesus, He will do the heavy lifting for us. We need only let Him.

Linking words of faith today.



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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

6 Replies

  1. Becky, I love this analogy. I have been there so many times. What a succinct way to describe how sometimes we just need to be still and absorb what God is trying to teach us. Lovely. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you! Sometimes we all need reminders to soak in what He has for us!

  2. Ooh, I love this for so many reasons. I am going to soak on a few things. THANK YOU! We are neighbors at Holley’s today, I am number 60!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for visiting Susan! I’m glad this resonated with you. Soak in all He has for you!

  3. What a wonderful example of how waiting on God, instead of striving on our own (“white-knuckling it”) is what works best. Thank you, Becky.

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