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God and Poles Are Everywhere…part 1

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Just before Christmas our dryer went out and I went to Lowe’s to price dryers before heading to my sister’s house to celebrate Christmas Eve.  After talking to a Lowe’s associate about a particular set on sale, I turned away and began walking. Rather than looking straight ahead, I walked down the aisle looking sideways at other washers and dryers and I walked right into a huge metal pole that did not budge.  With great embarrassment, I furtively looked around hoping no one had seen or heard (there was the loudest clang).  I felt so dumb!  I made a beeline out of the store as fast as I could; pulling my hair over my temple and right eye wincing in pain and saying a few prayers.  I hit the pole so hard it threw me backwards and I worried I might have a concussion. Immediately there was bruising and soon thereafter swelling.  The minute I arrived at my sister’s I took ibuprofen to ease the pain and I spent half the night at our family celebration with an icepack nursing my poor broken head.   All through the 2016 Christmas and New Year’s Holidays, I had quite the shiner, though it was my temple that took the worst of the blow, the right half of my eye is what bruised the worst.   That day in Lowe’s, I didn’t want anyone to know I had walked into a pole.  Now that my embarrassment is over and I’m fairly certain I don’t have a concussion, I can look back, laugh about it and even share the story.

Since that day in Lowe’s I have thought long and hard about the disastrous encounter with the pole. I couldn’t wait to go back to the scene of the accident and see just where that pole was placed. The day after Christmas we went to Lowe’s to purchase the dryer.   We walked into Lowe’s and before my very eyes loomed numerous huge bright white poles everywhere. I was amazed and a little stunned. Lowe’s is one of my favorite stores, I shop there often and yet, until I hit that pole, I don’t know that I really knew the poles were there, consciously anyway. It took the accident to make me aware of that pole and all the others located throughout the store. Now, I will forever be vividly aware of the fact. My hope is that I will not be running into poles any time soon in Lowe’s or anywhere else.

Notions regarding this incident slowly weaved their way into my thoughts. Just like those poles are everywhere throughout Lowe’s so God is in our life. He is everywhere. He is Omnipresent. One of my favorite scriptures about God’s omnipresence is in Palms 139: 7-10

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, If I settle on the far side of the sea,

Even there your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.

           

Just knowing this about God is comforting. He is there with me no matter my circumstances. I can’t flee from His Spirit even when I have made wrong turns in life. He is with me always. He will never leave me nor forsake me. And just as those poles are vital to the structure of the Lowe’s building so God is vital to our life and this world. “He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.Colossians 1:17   We don’t always realize that God is everywhere or that He is vital to our lives. We often live our days, much like I was doing as I walked through Lowe’s, not really paying attention to those things around us. We are not mindful of how God is everywhere or how he speaks to us in so many ways; through His word, people, circumstances, prayer, music, nature and creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.Psalms 19:1-2  

           

Just as I ran into the pole and it opened my eyes to the fact that Lowe’s was filled with poles, often it is running into the “poles” in life that cause us to pray and turn to God. Sometimes that is just the wakeup call we need to bring us into a new place in our relationship with God. To realize that we need Him, to realize He is there and He does care. He will use hard immovable blocks to stop us in our tracks so we will look around and take stock of where we are going. Hopefully, we place our hand in His and He will guide us through life so we don’t run into poles or, at least, as many poles. Because we live in a sinful, fallen world that is still in the process of ongoing redemption there will always be poles; but when we are in His care, being guided by Him, led by Him, in relationship with Him through his beautiful son, Jesus, He can help us navigate the poles of life so we and others are not hurt. He has a plan for each of us and it is a good plan. “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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LordJeremiah 29:11-14a

The wonderful thing about God is that He is a God of restoration and redemption. When we do walk into one of life’s poles, if we call on Him, He will comfort us through our trial just as my sister was there for me with ibuprofen and an icepack. And just as the severity of the swelling, bruising and soreness of my injury lessens day by day so God’s restoration and redemption works its wonderful healing in our lives day by day. He is continually working in our lives to bring about His perfect will in our lives. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.Philippians 2:13 We also have the wonderful promise that He turns all things around for the purpose of making us more like Jesus, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.Romans 8:28-29

My close encounter with the pole left me with questions buzzing in my head. How many others have walked into a Lowe’s pole? Was I the first? I am not certain, but I doubt it. If we have encountered one of life’s poles there are likely others that have experienced the same thing. Jesus, above all, came to earth that He might know what it was like to be a man and to understand us and what we go through, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.Hebrews 4:15 He understands more than anyone. He is our greatest comfort. And when we have experienced something in our lives, lived through it becoming stronger then we can be used by God to help and comfort those who are walking through their pole experience, “Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.2 Corinthians 1:4 Praying the New Year brings you blessing upon blessings. Be careful and watch out for poles. Remember, God and poles are everywhere but God is greater than any pole that looms in your path.

           Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright December 2016 ~ 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  

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