It’s amazing to me how attention to a small detail can make a huge difference in the usefulness of an object or individual. There was a sheet on my daughter’s bed that was not holding up the name “fitted” sheet. It would have fit King Kong as a cape! The elastic had stretched out making sleep fitful as they twisted with every turn she made at night. With all the turning she’d done recovering from oral surgery, that sheet was a pitiful sight in the morning. I had had it with those things and ripped them off the bed and replaced them with a newer set of sheets.
After being laundered, I brought the outstretched linens to the sewing machine and attached fresh elastic. The corners now curl around instead of lying there limp and useless as though they had had oral surgery! I’m not sure why I didn’t do that sooner…
As I was putting the new elastic on those linens I thought about how needy I often am for “fresh elastic.” There are days (sometimes weeks) when I feel as stretched out as that sorry sheet. Pulled to my limits, the stretchiness is gone, zippo, outta here. I feel I have so little to give to my family, my church, to a needy world. Fresh elastic – zest, energy, spiritual life, rest – all of these are lacking and I am not able to fulfill my purpose for life – to glorify the Lord. Then my loving God gives to me a rich time in His Word, a sweet time in prayer, a verse that is now mine, a good night’s rest, and the edges of my heart begin to curl again. Life sweeps in, sometimes with tears and gratefulness to my loving Heavenly Father. Freshness and newness are returned where I had been lagging and limp.
One passage that was a part of that renewal this week was Romans 8:38-39 – For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. What a blessing!
Fresh elastic – it’s a good thing!
What has encouraged your heart in recent days and given you back your elasticity?