Monday, 18 November 2019

M Michele's Musings

The Lone Glove

This morning on my way to work I spotted a man’s work glove on the opposite side of the road.  My attention was caught. If the glove could talk what would it tell me?  What kind of work was it used for?  Was the glove used by a hardworking person; a mechanic, welder, construction worker or a carpenter?   Though seemingly a work glove maybe it was actually used to protect the hands of a gardener?  Perhaps it just warmed cold hands during the winter?  Would it tell me the kind of hands that once filled its empty spaces?   Were they young, old, soft or calloused hands?  Were they kind and caring hands?  Or were they mean and careless hands?  If the glove could talk, would it tell me how it came to be on the road where it now lay desolate and lost?  Would the experiences the glove conveyed to me warm my heart or chill my soul?

Had I picked the glove up and thoroughly examined it, I could have possibly determined what kind of work that it was used for.  With forensics testing I could have learned a bit more about the glove but that would have been the extent of my knowledge.  I would have never known the intimate details of the glove’s life; such as, where it had been, who had worn it, how it had been treated and other intimate details unless I met the owner of the glove.    


Just as I could never fully know the details of the gloves’ life, we cannot see all the details of the people we encounter on a day to day basis.  So often we see people and make instant assumptions about them and their circumstances.  We judge them by the way they look on the outside, the clothes they wear and the style of their hair.  We judge people by our standards yet we have no idea who they are on the inside.  We have no idea what they have been through in their life.  We don’t know what makes them do or say the things that they do.   We judge based on limited knowledge.  We don’t take the time to know people and ask intimate questions to find out just who they are and why they are like they are. 

We should never judge or make instant assumptions about others.  Rather we should let mercy guide our heart and take the time to get to know people.  I have found that most of the time my first impression is not an accurate account of who a person is on the inside.  As I have grown in relationships with others, learning to really know them personally, I have found everyone is special in their own way with their own special gifts.  Though we all come in different packages toting our own fair share of ‘baggage,’ God made us all special and unique and we should take the time to get to know people before coming to conclusions.  Even then, we are to love as Christ loved.  It is love that can win a heart, even a hard heart.      

The glove alone and abandoned on the road sort of brought a sadness to my heart.  I was reminded of lives that seem to be in much the same condition.  Lives that are broken, alone and lost on the path of life.  For many we have no idea what led them to that place of abandonment but we tend to steer out of their paths, just as I drove by the glove not thinking it was important enough to stop and pick up.  Often, we don’t want to be bothered with someone else’s problems.  Heaven knows we have problems of our own to take care of.  Sometimes we are too busy and caught up in the business of life.  We overlook, sometimes unintentionally and other times intentionally, the hurting hearts that we come in contact with every day.  People that are broken, alone and lost are broken, alone and lost for a reason.  They were not born that way, adverse circumstances may be the very reason for their appearance and behavior.  No matter the reasons for their attitudes, appearance, circumstances and situations God loves them with an everlasting love.  He sent His son to die for them.  He wants to rescue them from those broken, lonely and lost places in their life.  He has a plan to pick them up from wherever they are and give purpose and meaning to their life.  He wants to use us, His children, to be a light to those in need of His touch.  May we be His vessel and take the time to stop, listen, touch and help so that a difference can be made in someone else’s life. 

Before we come to Christ every one of us has been broken, alone, lost and desperately in need of God’s touch at some time in our life.  Even after we become the children of God through Christ there are times we feel as if we are helpless and abandoned on the road of life but we have His promise in Hebrews 13:5b, “he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Every one of us has probably wondered what our purpose in life is and why are we here?  These are age old questions that many ask, often with a sense of hopelessness.  Just as a glove needs hands to fill its empty spaces so that its purpose can be realized we need Jesus to touch us and to fill our empty lives.  He has a plan and purpose for our life, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)  

In considering the glove I also thought of the purpose gloves serve.  The ultimate purpose of every glove is to protect hands.  As the glove protects the hand so God protects us.  Gloves are made to fit a hand snugly and to conform to the hand.  Well fitting gloves move in union with the hand, just as we are meant to move in perfect union and obedience with God. “For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28a)  As we move with Him we are covered in God’s safety, defense, refuge, security and covering.  A glove goes wherever the hand goes and likewise we are designed to be one with Him, to follow Him and allow Him to lead us wherever He leads.  

You are not a lost glove abandoned on the road of life but sometimes it may seem that your life reflects this scenario.  You are so much more than you can even imagine.  You are His most special creation.  You are His beloved child. “For we are also his offspring.” (Acts 17:28b)  His touch has the power to change any life.  God’s hands are strong yet gentle, supportive, caring and loving like a father’s or mother’s touch to their beloved child.  His hands are connected to everlasting arms that will encircle you in His care, love and fortification.  “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27a)    He is always reaching out to pick you up and set you on a straight path. “He heals the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” (Psalms 147:3)   Yes indeed, He loves you.  “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3b)  He keeps His promises and He is faithful.  May you be blessed knowing His love and care and may you bless others by extending the love He “has shed abroad in your heart” to others (Romans 5:5).

      
 Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright Started August 2012 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture 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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