Saturday, October 5, 2013

Light Bulbs, Panty Hose, & Batteries

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."
Hebrews 13:8

Today's post has an unlikely title.

But, all three items mentioned have something in common.

Can you guess what it is?

It isn't their color,
their manufacturer's name,
their texture or their shape, obviously.

It is the fact that none of the three 
seem to last nearly as long as they used to.

Has anyone else noticed?

The other day, I opened my brand-new double pack of L'egg's panty hose,
thankful I had picked them up the last time I was in Walmart, 
since the ones I wore the day before had a run in them.

Lo and behold, during my first time putting them on....brand-new from the package,
I tugged a bit too hard, and there it was.
A nice, brand-new run in my never-before-worn hose.

I was so frustrated.
These things are not cheap!

Not long ago, we finally invested in a battery charger and extra re-chargeable batteries.
So many things we use require batteries....
many of Zachary's toys, 
the clock on our living room wall,
our camera...just to name a few.
It seemed that nearly every time we went to the store,
we were having to pick up some batteries....
so, we finally made the investment.

Is it me, or does anyone else find that batteries just don't last as long as they used to?

And light bulbs...oh, my!
Should I even get started?
I love the little ones we have scattered throughout the house...
placed in little, primitive lamps that look like candle flames.

They seem to burn out ever so quickly,
and we seem to be buying them a lot more often than we used to.

Things just don't seem to be made to last like they used to be.
I don't know if it is just the money-making gimmick of it all....
if they purposely make an inferior product, knowing you will have to buy
replacements more often?
Is that it?

Where is the quality we used to expect when we put out our hard-earned money?

Deciding I couldn't afford to throw away a brand-new pair of hose,
I ended up wearing them in spite of the mishap,
twisting the run around to where it would be least likely to be discovered!
I try to remember to keep some clear nail polish on hand, solely for this purpose,
but didn't have any, so this was the next best remedy.

You do what you have to do. :)

Needless to say, the run has run rampant and out of control
and expanded to being several inches long.
Glad I bought that double pack of hose, instead of the single one!

I miss the good-old days.
I really do.
These days, it just seems like things are done with less enthusiasm,
less concern,
less dedication-to-perfection,
and less diligence to detail.

Sloppy, sub-par work seems to reach expectations that used to be set a whole lot higher.
I don't know.
Maybe I am just too picky or expect too much,
but things just don't seem to be built-to-last like they used to.

Aren't you glad some things will never change?
No matter how long time lasts or how much everything around us is reconstructed or compromised,
there are a few things that will forever remain the same.

Like the Word of God,
the blood of Jesus,
God's love for us,
 and His careful attention to the details of our lives.

God's Word is forever settled in Heaven. (Psalm 119:89)
It will never be re-written or revised.
Its original meaning will never be compromised or altered.
What He said in the beginning, is what He will mean in the end.
His promises are spoken, never to be retrieved.
We can rely and stand upon them and expect them to be fulfilled in our lives,
just as Abraham believed and based his life upon them thousands of years ago,
and they were accurately fulfilled in His.
They never failed him.
They will never fail us.
They are still the same.

God is still the same.
He is still on His throne.
He will never leave it.
He is forever in control.
He does not tire, nor does He sleep.
His eye is upon you, and it always will be.

Can I just tell you how much comfort that brings to me in these troubled, uproarious times?

And, isn't it a comfort to know that the blood of Jesus will never lose its power?
That no matter how long time lasts, it will always maintain its original strength,
ability to cleanse,
and power to transform?

The quality of His blood will never be compromised.
It was shed nearly 2000 years ago on an old, rugged cross,
high on a hill called Calvary,
but the potency is as if it were shed today.
It is not, nor will it ever be, inferior to what it was the day it spilled
from Jesus' mutilated-beyond-recognition body.
It doesn't matter what you've done,
how far you've strayed from His plans,
or how indifferent you've become.
One drop of His blood applied to your heart,
will cleanse and purify it from all sin
and will completely transform your life.

I will never get over the wonder of that.
How does that happen?
How can the blackest of hearts be made whiter than snow?
How can the power of addiction immediately lose its power?
How can the desperate-to-the-point-of-suicide person suddenly find hope for tomorrow?
How can the man on death row be forgiven?
How can a person's slate be wiped so clean it is as if it were never tarnished?

Miracles happen through the blood.
Praise His name!

And, aren't you beyond thankful that God will always love us?
His love never diminishes.
It never fails.
It is always there.
Not contingent upon our behavior.
Not affected by what we do or don't do.
Not based upon our love or lack of love for Him.
He loves us in spite of....not because of.
He loves us when we are not lovable.
When we are ugly, sin-saturated, and vile.
When we walk in accordance to or in direct opposition to His commandments.
His love remains.

"Charity (love) never faileth:
but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail;
 whether there be tongues, they shall cease;
whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away."
I Corinthians 13:8

God's love will remain...after everyone else has turned away.
After even the ones closest to us have given up.
When we think we are down for the count, and all is lost,
God will still love us.
He knows every, single thing about every, single one of us....
and He intensely loves us...anyhow.

And, aren't you glad He will always pay attention to and care about
the most minute detail of our everyday lives?
Other friends come and go.
They lose interest.
We become secondary.
Even the ones we thought would be in our lives forever.
They betray us, turn their backs, and walk away....
just like we were never friends at all.
God will never do that.
What is important to you, will always be important to Him.
He will always take pleasure in seeing you smile.

He will always want to be the biggest, most important part of your life.

Jesus wants to be yoked to you forever.
Otherwise He would never have offered.
He will not walk away.
Nor will He turn aside from your needs.
The details are important to Him...
right down to the very hairs of your head.
He numbers them...and keeps track.
Can you imagine anyone paying such close attention....
to what happens to you?

I don't know about you, but mine falls out so much these days,
I imagine it is a near-full-time job keeping up with my numbers alone!

If God cares about something as minute as one of the hairs of our head that much...
what does that say about the level of 
His concern for the details of our lives?
Is it even humanly possible to fathom that kind of love?

No matter how insignificant you feel,
how unimportant your problems may seem to others,
or how overlooked you may be....
God is paying attention.
To every, single thing that is touching your life.
He sees the tiniest it trickles from your eye...unbidden...
He catches each one...even the slightest ones....
and stores them up in a bottle. Psalm 56:8
He watches as you turn your face to the wall, hoping to hide the pain.
His heart yours is shattered...silently....
without anyone else even realizing it happened.

He cares about your details, my friend.
Yes, yours.
More than you will ever know.
He always will.
You are not invisible in His eyes.
You mean Him.
You always will.
He will never stop counting the hairs on your head.
He will always want to know how things stand with you...
and where you are....and how you feel.
Nothing you can ever do will alter how much He cares.

Everything in our world is fleeting....passing.....fickle....changing.
A boss of mine once told me,
"Cheryl, the only thing consistent in this world is change."

Light bulbs, panty hose, batteries....they come and go....
a lot more quickly and more often these days, it seems.
It seems that we are forever having to "change" them around our house.
They just don't last.

I'm so glad that the things that matter most...
will never change.
Aren't you?

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