When I graduated with my master’s degree from University of Georgia (Go Dawgs! Lol), a former classmate sent me a beautiful Class of 2013 glass frame. It was gorgeous! It even had a spot within the frame to embed and preserve your graduation tassel. I loved it. The only thing that was wrong with it was that by the time it was delivered to my mother’s doorstep in Fairfield, Alabama it was in about 10-12 pieces.
And if you’re reading this Brittney, I am so sorry I never told you! I just didn’t have the guts to tell you back then that the graduation present that you were so thoughtful to purchase and send to me as a gift (although you had selected and shipped with care), had not been HANDLED WITH CARE by the postal workers.
As I think back to that beautiful picture frame, I think of the many pieces of it I saw as I unwrapped all the bubble paper, the foam, the tape, and paper with the words “FRAGILE” and “HANDLE WITH CARE” written in big red, bold letters across the packaging.
Lesson Learned: Not everyone knows how to handle things carefully.
2 Corinthians speaks of our earthly bodies being like jars of clay—fragile. Although this text specifically refers to our outward bodies, the same holds true to our inward body. No matter how strong we claim to be, we as humans are fragile. Our feelings get hurt; we get tired; we get frustrated; we get weak. Many people do things to hurt us in relationships (familial, romantic, and friendships). The main reason this happens is that we fail to acknowledge and respect each other’s fragility.
There’s good news though— there is someone who always knows how to HANDLE us. Someone who recognizes how fragile we are and can be but also knows how to care for us in the gentlest way. Our creator. Oh, how gentle and tender He is with us!
Who better to know how to handle something than the person who created it?
Ephesians 2:10 says that “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”. God knows how to handle us. Even when people fail us. Even when the US Postal Service fails us (*insert sigh), God will not fail us. He will give us the protection, the security, and the comfort that we need.
Galatians 5:22-23 elaborates on what the fruit of the Spirit is. If we can recall what the fruit of something is, it is what is born from something else. In essence, these verses are describing to us that the Spirit brings forth:
Colossians 3:12 also states “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”
There’s that word again! GENTLENESS……God wants us to have it and exhibit it–to ourselves and also to others.
So, the next time someone hurts you, be patient and understanding. Even though Philippians 4:5 commands us as follows, “Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near”, we don’t always follow these instructions. The people who hurt us are imperfect just like we are imperfect. They deserve forgiveness just as much as we desire forgiveness from God. They may not necessarily know how to HANDLE US WITH CARE. However, there is someone who does— our gentle and tender Father in Heaven.
May your eyes, your head, and your spirit always be LIFTED.
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