Monday, 13 July 2020

M Michele's Musings

A Bus Ride and New Shoes

The Christian radio station K-Love airs spots everyday with stories about real people making a difference in their own communities.   This morning I caught the tail end of a story about children that were bused to a store to pick out shoes.  A young boy was interviewed and said, “It was a long bus ride but it was worth it because we got a new pair of shoes.” Then his voice filled with excitement and he said, “And we were chosen!”   The announcer finished the spot by saying that the children were chosen based on their family’s income.

I was intrigued by the boy’s statements of complete simplicity.  The wheels of my mind were spinning.  First, the young man commented on the bus ride; it was long.  He didn’t comment anymore on the ride but I’ve ridden on enough buses to know that they are often less than comfortable and not always idyllic.  Bus rides are often bumpy, throwing you about in the seats.  Air-conditioning is not always available and unpleasant odors often waft through the windows to make the uncomfortable ride even more miserable.   Isn’t this often true of life in general?  Sometimes the ride of life seems long, bumpy and uncomfortable.  Trials and tribulations waft in and out of life to try and make us miserable. 

The boy’s comment about the bus ride ended with “but it was worth it.”  I have also been on enough bus rides to know that getting to the destination is worth it!  No matter how uncomfortable the ride, I arrived at my destination at the appointed time.  The bus brought me to the place that I was excited about getting to.   With the enjoyment of reaching my destination, the bus ride paled in significance.  This led me to thoughts of childbirth.  Mothers know that pregnancy is not an easy road to travel.  It is often arduous.  Then the final hours come and they are truly difficult.  Pain causes careless words and accusations to spill from a hurting mother’s mouth to her poor husband’s ears during those final pain filled hours.  Comments such as “I will never do this again” and worse reverberate throughout the room as the pain increases.  However, when that mother finally holds her new little treasure in her arms and all the months of discomfort and pain are erased; every bit of pain and discomfort is worth it.  With the passing of time the memory of the pregnancy fades in the rear-view mirror as the joys of raising the child unfolds, a completely different ‘bus ride’.     

The young boy, along with the other children were bused to a particular store to get new shoes at no cost.  The shoes were offered and generously given because someone cared, because someone saw a need, because someone loved, because someone decided to step up and make a sacrifice for another.  God did no less for us.  God cared, He saw a need, He loved and He made the ultimate sacrifice for us.  Our wonderful, beautiful God sent His only begotten Son to die for us!  He gave us the greatest gift ever, Jesus Christ.  And Jesus Christ freely laid down His life for the same reasons.  We can now have new life in Christ!   

The children that took the bus ride received a new pair of shoes.  This reminded me that when we come to Christ He then commissions us to carry forth the Hope of the Gospel to a lost and dying world.  Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”  In Ephesians 6:15 we are told to “shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”  When chosen we have a purpose and a calling for our life.  We are to fulfill this calling and walk as God has called us to walk.

The young man’s final statement was the most poignant to me.  I was captivated by his words “And we were chosen!”   Thoughts tumbled through my mind and I was swept away by the truth wrapped up in that one little statement.  Tears sprang to my eyes and my heart overflowed with thoughts of God choosing us; choosing me!   We too were chosen to serve the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace.  We were chosen to be God’s children.  His love for us extended from before the beginning of time.  Jesus, the Lamb of God, was slain from the foundations of the world (Revelation 13:8b).  He came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).  He loved us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8).          

Always remember, though the bus ride of life may get bumpy and uncomfortable it is bringing you to that appointed destination.  Keep your eyes on Jesus.  He is the author and finisher of your faith.  He endured the cross, despising the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).  You also will get to the destination that God has appointed for you.  Not only will you be shod with new shoes but you will be clothed in garments of His righteousness and praise.  As you trust God and allow Him to guide you, every bit of the ride will be worth it in the end.  

 

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire,

may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love.  Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

1 Peter 1:6-8

And let us not grow weary while doing good,

For in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Galatians 6:9

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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