Just because it fits doesn't mean it belongs....

Can you see something in my dryer that shouldn't be there?

Probably not..

I didn't see it either!

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Until I did a load of laundry and opened it to find this...  carter caves and lexington 143

What I didn't know was that an ink pen had somehow wedged itself in one of the holes of the dryer vent and had become a perfect place for Evan's t-shirts to "hang out" and "get all tangled up."

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When I was finally able to pull and tug and pull some more and get the ink pen loosened and free...

This was the shape the ink pen was in!  Not really useful as an ink pen anymore!

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Our lives are so much like this ink pen.

We need to know where we belong and from where we need to run!

I should have realized this weekend when I took these pictures that God was preparing me for a time to share them.  At the time, I just knew that I needed to photograph the mess.  I wasn't really sure why.

Now I know.

He wanted me to see myself as this ink pen.

Useful for writing.  Useful for sharing.  But not useful in heated situations..as a matter of fact....when placed in these situations, I think that I can easily become someone who makes things worse and gets things all tangled up.

Once removed from the heated situation, I look much like my ink pen above.  Bent, broken, and in some ways unable to serve my original purpose.

I love God.

I love how He led me to photograph a silly little laundry nightmare.....

for such a time as this!

I'm thankful that God is the "Restorer and Refiner" of all ink pens!

I'm thankful that God uses us in spite of our brokenness. I've attached one of my newest favorite songs..I can't help but think of the lyrics..

"Loves like a hurricane, I am the tree..bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy."

For me this week the lyrics may be...

"Loves like a dryer, I am the pen...bending beneath the weight of His heat and mercy....I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way..Oh, how He loves us so..."

Enjoy this song and love Him..Love Him with every inch of your being...

and know that HE LOVES YOU TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  He is jealous for you..He will get your attention somehow..even if it hurts.

(Don't forget to pause my blog music)



6 Comments:

Blogger Beckypdj said...

Great analogy, God is so good. Glad the pen didn't burst and ruin any clothes!!

Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm not sure I would have had the foresight to photograph a laundry disaster...and then allow God to teach me something through it! Good for you:)

Blogger Tammy Nischan said...

Becky, I was very thankful NOT to have a load of whites ruined by ink....maybe that was the little "miracle" in all of this that is so similar to the "miracle" of God allowing us to stay "white as snow" even when we mess up!!!

And Jennifer, you know how sometimes something happens and you just think, "There's got to be a reason...." It was just one of those moments!!!

Love you!!

I LOVE how you take pictures of such things and then are lead to blog about them in such creative, meaningful ways...if that would have happened to me...I would have untangled the shirt, mad that it got tangled, then took the ink pen out, threw it away, and gone to buy another shirt! :) YOU have such a gift friend! LOVE YOU!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted you to know your great wonderful words are much needed in my life right now!! Your words and wisdom have lifted my spirits and brighted my days more than you could ever imagine! I worked @ kcc when Nick 1st found out about his Cancer :( since then I personally have lost my very best friend in my life 5 yrs later God blessed me with a very special child @ 13 weeks old she has spent almost 1/2 of her short life in the hospital. She's had 1 surgery and another major surgery 2 come!! I have never felt so blessed and so needed in all my life. My sweet baby is the most happy and joyful angel I have ever seen, she's such a fighter!! Through this my faith has and is becoming stronger! God is so good! Without him in my life I'm not sure how I could manage this! Please pray for us for support, strenght as well as courage!! God is in control! He has lead me to inspriation and showed me in times of weakness at the lowest point 2 look up he will always lead and guide you in the right direction!! Your a very strong woman and such a great witness! God bless I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers! Thanks for the wonderful words!!

Praying for your sweet baby right this minute!

Father, strengthen this little gift from Heaven. Thank you for her presence here on this earth. Give her mommy strength, too, to face each new day. Lord, we don't know where we'd be without You. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being our Sustainer, Comforter, Provider, Counselor, and so much more. We humbly bring this request in Your Son Jesus' Name, Amen.

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