Monday, 13 July 2020

M Michele's Musings

Water Hoses, Tangles and Kinks

Recently, during our worship service I was noticing the tangled cords for the microphones and thought that often our lives are like those tangled cords.  However, the tangles were not yet affecting the sound.  This led my thoughts to drift in another direction.  I thought of water hoses which when tangled often will make a difference in whether they function as they were intended.  I would like to share with you some things that I gleaned as I contemplated water hoses, tangles and kinks.

When you first buy a water hose it is neatly coiled and all pretty in its nice new box.  The first thing that you must do is un-box it and hook it up to the source.  Unless a hose is hooked up to its source it is useless.  Once the water hose is hooked up it must be turned on to be useful.  When you first get that hose it works pretty good as it is intended but with time it begins to tangle and develop kinks that affect the water hoses efficiency.  The shorter the hose, the better the water flow and the less chance of kinks developing.  I don’t know about you but I have spent countless times working with a hose to untangle it; to get the kinks out so that I can get the water to flow again.  It can be a chore to say the least!  A water hose is a tool to bring life giving nourishment and refreshing.

Our lives are like that water hose.  When we are new (babies) life hasn’t really touched us yet but over time our lives become tangled and kinked by the circumstances and things that affect our lives.  The tangles and kinks cause us to not function as God intended.  Just as that water hose must be hooked up to the water source, we too must be hooked up to “The Source,” God through Jesus Christ to function as God intended.  We all need a personal relationship with “The Source” because He is the source of life and hope for everyone.  Just as the hose is hooked up and must be turned on; once we are hooked up with Him we must also be “turned on” to allow that life giving flow to begin to flow through our lives.  We must open ourselves up to His word and obedience to Him so that His life will flow through us.  That we might begin to walk in the fruit of His Spirit and begin to know Him more and more so that we might be His conduit for reaching a world that desperately needs the love of God.

As we walk with Him and allow ourselves to be “turned on” to His flow in our lives then His life giving flow begins to flow through our lives and out to those around to us.  As I said, life has already in someway left us with tangles and kinks that have affected us and often has stopped the flow of God in our lives.  Those kinks can be anything such as anger, bitterness, un-forgiveness, inadequacies, and failures.  The list goes on and on but the result is always the same: the flow of God’s life through us has either been hindered and is just trickling out or completely stopped.  I thought of this in several different ways.  First, my struggles with real life water hoses and trying to get the tangles and kinks out, there were times I have thought “this is not worth it,” I gave up, threw the hose away and bought a new hose, but not God.  No, we are all so very important to Him and not one will he throw away.  He tells us that as long as there is breath there is hope.  His mercy and kindness endures forever.  I thought about how much God desires to work the tangles and kinks out in our lives.  How He lovingly takes a life and begins to untangle and un-kink those tangled and kinked places.  Then I thought about our responsibility in allowing God to work those things out in our lives.  We too, have a part to play and we must yield ourselves to His loving hands and workings in our lives.  We must begin to accept His word in our hearts and bow our knees in obedience to that word; we must pray and seek God’s guidance about areas which need some changes so that those hindering tangles and kinks can be worked out.  Then we can let the Spirit of God completely flow through our lives and out to others.

Next I thought about the length of a hose; short hoses usually have less tangling and less kinks, I likened this to how close we are to God.  The closer we are to God, the closer we are to our life giving source and therefore the less likely of falling away or into areas that draw us away from God, the less likely there will be tangles and kinks.  The closer we are to our “Source” the better the flow of His life from us.  And in the reverse, the farther we are from God the more likely we are to have tangles and kinks (problems) that hinder His flow through us.

Sometimes we need more than one hose to reach a given destination and we must couple two or three hoses together to accomplish the task at hand.  This represented to me that we always need each other.  We are all His body and must work together for a common good.   At times there must be a joining together to reach certain goals for God.  This also represents discipleship and/or the fivefold ministry.  A strong Christian (also Pastors, Evangelist, etc…) vitally connected to God, who walks according to His ways, will through their lives, disciple people that have just given their hearts and lives to God.  Those strong Christians are being a strong influence to help someone until they lead others to that place of strength.  Sometimes all that we need to do is hold the hand of someone and encourage them and let God’s love flow from our life to theirs.

Of course, the ultimate goal of a water hose is to bring water wherever it is needed.   Water, of course, is a source of life.  Without water life cannot survive nor flourish.  Everything will die without water and we too are “dead in our trespasses and sins” without God’s life within in us.   God is “Life.”  He is our source.  He brings forth nourishment and strength.  We are to be vitally connected to Him and to let His life flow within us and out from us.

Water is also for refreshing.  On a hot day there is nothing more refreshing than a soft rain to cool the day or a splash of water to a warm face.  As I write this I can see children splashing and laughing as they frolic and run through the spray of a water hose.  When we are connected and turned on to God His joy and peace will flow through our lives and flow out to bring blessings to others; others will see the joy in our lives just as we see the joy on the faces of the frolicking children as they play in the water spray.

One of Paul’s greatest desires was to know God.  To know God we must be “hooked up” through Jesus Christ and “turned on” to His word.  We must be as close as we can be to Him so that He can flow through our lives and out to others.   May you allow Him to work out the “kinks” in your life and be flowing “water hoses” for God.  He loves you and desires to flow in and through your life.

Love in Christ,  Michele

Columnist: Michele Abshire

 

Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

 

 

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