I used to sew quite a bit. I have made terry cloth bathrobes for Christmas gifts for my sons, my husband, and two of my grandsons. For several years I made all of my husband’s western shirts -- the kind with snaps; he didn’t like buttons. And of course there were curtains for the house or some special article of clothing for myself.
When the granddaughters came along they would bring items that needed mending, and I sewed many Halloween costumes for them. The grandkids are grown now and of course no longer need things mended. They don’t need costumes any more either.
The other day I was going through some of the things in my sewing chest. I still have some decorative shirt snaps and the tool for applying them, yards of blanket binding, lace edging, bias tape, appliques, and elastic. Of all these things, only one may not be usable anymore -- the elastic. You see, elastic has a tendency to lose its flexibility over time. It simply dries out and will break instead of stretching, and will not hold anything -- it’s out of shape.
I think we are a lot like that elastic. If we just try to stay comfortable where we are, we will begin to lose our shape as well as the ability to be flexible, both mentally and physically.
I really haven’t done a lot of stretching lately. In fact sometimes I’m downright comfy just doing nothing, for a period of time. I’ve learned to pay more attention to lack of motivation or whatever. Just when I get real comfortable, something will happen to jolt me out of it. Now, I’m thinking this is God’s way of telling me He designed this body to move, stretch, and be flexible. And if I don’t -- like that elastic -- it’s going to dry out, get brittle, and snap. And what’s more, the same thing goes for this brain He gave me. If it gets full, which I’ve never heard of happening, He will erase what’s not needed to make room for what’s really important. A whole different kind of selective memory. Sorry, guys.
There are a lot of ways to stretch; it doesn’t have to be exercise. You can just reach out to someone with a kind word or a smile, a phone call to a shut-in, or a card just to let someone know you thought of them.
And as a reminder, carry a piece of elastic in your purse or pocket and see how long it will remain flexible, and when something happens that forces you to move, just remember, God may stretch you till you think you can’t go any farther, but if you trust Him, you won’t snap. Instead you’ll be like all those other things in my sewing chest, still usable. And believe me, these words are as much for myself as anyone else.
Have a great week and give God the glory!