Topic : Parable of the Power Poles
Eva and I live just outside of Wingate, NC. In fact we can see the football stadium of the University from our home. And we can hear the bands playing, the PA system, and the noise of the crowd when the games are being played. I suppose I will be attending the Home Coming game this year, since it will be the 50th class reunion of my class.
Monroe, NC is about 4 miles west of Wingate. If we travel into Monroe by the way of Walkup Ave., when we cross Richardson Creek, there stands two power poles abandoned a few years back. I remember seeing them take down the lines and install new poles. Every time I pass that way I see these two poles; they are leaning as if they might fall at any time. Kudsu vines are growing on them and probably will bring them down someday. I see them several times each week, every time I pass by on my way west. Seems that God has given me the thoughts of a parable. Here it is:
Two abandoned power poles standing beside the road in a creek bank . They begin to talk to each other. One says to the other, I can understand why they replaced us . But it is hard for me to understand why they just abandoned us. There are a lot of things we would be useful for. Not just standing here until we fall over from the weight of this terrible vine. The other responds. Just think how it use to be when we use to carry the electricity to all the homes and businesses in the city and many in the country. We helped light the churches, the schools, the factories. We provided power for the machines.
Yes, we are no good any more, why don't we just fall over and die. Here we stand as an example of no longer being of use. But wait a minute one says to other, " Let's just stand here until some preacher passes by and God speaks to him and he uses us to send a message to those who feel abandoned and feel they are no more of any use." End of parable. Maybe there was a time in your life when you were making great contributions in your work for the Lord. But now you are leaning, the load is heavy, your steps are getting slower. You feel abandoned. No, my friends, you are not abandoned. There is still work to be done. God says he will never leave us or forsake us. Even in death, "Absent from the body, present with the Lord" - "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me ..."
Don't let the devil cause you to have a pity party. After over 50 years of filling pulpits and not being able to minister as I have been able to in years past it would be easy for me to start feeling sorry for myself. Rather, I am just praising God for other doors that he is opening for me. I belong to Him and He is my shepherd. He will lead me by the still waters. Keep your chin up. God isn't though with you yet; He is still working on you. If you're going through some difficult times, fire purifies and you shall come forth as gold.
Bless you and yours, There are numbers of your friends and family that need to read these words, pass it on to them.
Amen and Amen
Copyright Rev. Bill Taylor 2003
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