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Friday, May 5, 2017

Stay that connection

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 
(Ephesians 4:2 NLT)

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. (Herman Melville) Like it or not, we are all connected to one another in some form or another. The baker depends on the grain grown in the field of the farmer and the eggs laid in the nests of the chicken rancher. The butcher has no job without the rancher, just like the nurse has no task without the patient. There are definitely times when we look at who or what we are connected to at the moment and wonder how that ever happened! In reality, we made individual choices, God made corporate choices, and the connection came into being by those choices. While I don't always understand some of my own choices, it is equally true I frequently don't understand God's choices in the connections created by his hand in my own life!

It doesn't make those connections any easier to just reject them, or stubbornly deny they exist. Nor is it any easier to try to break them, or escape them! Try as we might, God may have designed a higher purpose in that connection than to encourage our escape! To be perfectly honest here, I don't always do a very good job at managing the connections God brings into my life, let alone the ones I make myself! As Melville stated so well - we are all connected by a thousand fibers - tiny though they may be - they still connect us. If you have ever walked into a spider web and realized the strength of those tiny fibers interconnected and strung from anchor point to anchor point, you know it doesn't take much to make that connection. Yet, it takes very little to break it somehow!

That spider web may have had some of the anchoring points disturbed or broken, but have you ever been able to "unweave" a web? It is almost impossible for you were not the creator of it! The spider had the original task of creating the web, but the anchoring points may have been the doing of my hand, or the Creator's! It would be impossible for the spider to create the web apart from something either the God of all Creation placed on this earth, or that which I placed there by my own hand. Anchored though it be, it can be disturbed - right? In all ways we can be inter-connected, but there are things working to destroy that connection all the time. There purpose may not be to unweave what has been woven, but it might just be to disturb enough of our anchorage to influence the strength and character of what has been created through our connection! Just sayin!