Thursday, 14 December 2017

M Michele's Musings

God and Poles Are Everywhere... part 2

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 GodIsEverywhere

Since my close encounter with the pole in December I have noticed all kinds of poles. The first thoughts about different types of poles occurred not long after my run in with the Lowe’s pole. It was late evening, a dark night and I was driving through a fancy neighborhood still under construction. Although I drive through this area most mornings and afternoons, it was only on this dark night that I noticed that the road was lined with sleek black poles with curved lighting which illuminated the road as far as my eye could see. It was really quite beautiful.

My thoughts drifted to the fact that poles serve many different purposes. They literally are everywhere. You find them in buildings, barns, stores and homes. They are the backbone of stability and vital to the strength of these structures. You find them dotted throughout the landscape on any given path one may choose to take. You can even find them on lonely desolate roads or stretched out and linked together in vast expanses of remote areas.

I thought about how useful poles are and how many purposes they fulfil. For instance, the poles in the new neighborhood bring light on dark nights so that one’s path is illuminated; a true representation of what Jesus does in our life. Jesus is the light of the world and He takes away the darkness from our hearts and lives. John 8: 12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” He illuminates our path. Psalms 18:28 “For you will light my lamp: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” We are to carry His light and be a light to others bringing them hope so that they can walk out of the darkness. John 12:46 “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should remain in darkness.” John 12:36a “While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of light." Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

I have long noticed that most electrical and telephone poles are in the shape of a cross; this is pretty interesting and symbolic. Electrical and telephone poles bring power, light and communication into homes and businesses from a main power source. It was God who sent His precious Son, Jesus, to die on the cross. Jesus bore the cross and shed His blood for us. Jesus’ sacrifice brought God’s power, light and relationship/communication into our lives in the same way electric/telephone poles bring power, light and communication into our homes and businesses. The cross bridged the gap between God and man so that we can have a relationship with God. Colossians 1:20a “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself.” Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” Jesus became our mediator. 1st Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” We can be recipients of His power and light. All we have to do is hook up to His power by accepting His free gift of salvation. Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

It is interesting that cross shaped electrical/telephone poles dot our landscape from all corners of America, from sea to shining sea. These poles are a poignant reminder that God has redeemed mankind through the cross and that He is everywhere. We cannot hide from His answer for mankind nor escape his presence in our lives. Psalms 139:7 “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? Jeremiah 23:24 “Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?" declares the LORD. "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the LORD.”

   

As I reflect upon the different types of poles along with the parallels they have in common with God’s word and truth I am reminded of God’s great love for me, for all of us. I am reminded that He is our light, our salvation, our strength and that we have the great privilege of having a relationship with Him daily through Jesus. As you pass different types of poles on a daily basis, let them be a constant reminder that He loves you and cares for you. Ephesians 2:4 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us” You are His, you are special and He has loved you with an everlasting love.

           Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright February 2017 ~ 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.  

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