Brittle and Shattered

The Mister was working out in the garage today.  It’s cold out there.  Cold enough that he is running a heater, wearing gloves, a sweatshirt, and is still coming inside for frequent breaks.  But he has some things that must be done this week, so brave the cold he does.  He related an incident to me when he came in for one of those breaks, and I wanted to share it with you all.

While cleaning out a small area in the corner of the garage, he uncovered the first aid kit I used to carry in my car (I’ve since upgraded to a much larger first aid kit) and set it aside to go through it later.  He decided he should just go through it then and there, but he couldn’t get the lid open.  After several attempts, he ended up dropping it, and the lid cracked and broke.

He was a bit upset about it and wanted to pick it all up and throw it against the wall in frustration as clean up would now delay him further in his original task.  But, after a deep breath, he saw a lesson from God in this.  If it had been a warm day, dropping the box, would simply have made it bounce.  When plastic is warm, it is pliable and bending.  When it is cold, it is brittle and will break and shatter very easily.  That’s the same with our relationship with God.  When we are close to Him, we are warmed by Him and we are able to conform to His will.  We are easily bendable and can go with whatever comes at us and let it bounce right off.  However, the further away from God we travel, the colder we become.  We end up so cold, we are unable to conform to His will anymore, and we become brittle.  When that happens, we can snap and break with just the smallest of circumstances.

This past month has been one of those months that could have easily broken us.  In the grand scheme of things, the stuff that happened has been minor, however, it just seemed as though firey darts were being tossed in our direction constantly.  Oh we weren’t perfect in how we handled things.  We lost our tempers, we complained and grumbled a bit.  But all in all, we saw this as just another hurdle to get over and it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.  We started a new family bible study several weeks ago and really saw a difference in the way we handled things the closer we moved towards God.

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