by Ken Langenbrunner
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Ramblings of an Old Man: Sharing
One of the most sorrowful feelings can come at one of the most exciting and revealing of times. Let me explain. As I sit alone and study the Word of God, or when I watch or listen to a Bible study speaker that reveals or explains a reference or verse that opens up a whole new viewing of God and His word, the desire is to turn and share or discuss with another this joyous moment.
Sometimes it may just be the reading of a devotional story that touches your heart and reveals to you an inner feeling of joy and peace, and renewed hope or contentment. Yes, you have the comforting presence of God in your mist, but there was a reason for His development and blessing of human contact. God in His glorious spirit and radiant beauty cannot come face to face with us until we, meaning believers, receive our glorified bodies. Therefore, we have human friendships and relationships to give us that physical presence needed by our uniquely created flesh and blood entity.
Many have been blessed with children, friends, and relatives that can be there for them at times when there is a need, maybe a word of comfort that would soothe the soul. Yet, other times our human Adamic nature takes hold and a feeling of emptiness takes over. There is a feeling or sense, maybe it’s a need for an even closer connection like a helpmate, or spouse that you can turn to at moments in time that are not appropriate for other than the ears of one that is so in tuned to you. One that you totally trust with your very life, a confidant for any private matter you desire to open your heart to. Sometimes it can be down right “spooky” how close you can become to a loved one when you either finish their sentences or have the same thoughts or conclusions at the same time as they do.
How uniquely God created the human mind and body to perfectly fit into the realm of a chosen few, just as the perfect fit of one hand into another, and how important it is to be yoked together properly. I use the word “few”, because many of us have made the wrong choices in the past and are still living under those results. There must be some basic references to draw from in order to have or form harmony and an ability to work together toward the common goal of a life together. That’s why a farmer cannot yoke together an ox with an ass, two totally opposite personalities and abilities.
There are times many of us believe we are the ox and we are married to the… well… never mind, the point is who we are going to turn to for personal, human support, or personal sharing. Internalizing all our problems and concerns is just too much stress and unhealthy living when it could be more comforting and safer to find or accept someone to share our lives with. Those who still have their parents with them do not want to burden them with added worries or thoughts, and no matter how much you love them, you don’t normally confess to them your very personal problems or concerns.
Image the incredible life Adam and Eve shared with each other, and when a tragedy did surface, and Eve made that terrible decision, Adam was there for her, because his love for her was genuine and unconditional. He did not leave her to suffer alone the consequences. They shared the good times and together they shared the rough ones. Whether Adam was aware of the difference God meant between physical and spiritual death before the fall, is unknown, but he chose to go through the outcome with her. What love, what devotion.
He named her Eve, which translates “Life”, maybe that is a clue that he did know it was spiritual death and not physical, and that they would proceed together with life… together, and give life to others, until that time physical death would separate them and they would reunite at their Redeemer’s triumphant return. Yes, it can get lonely on that old couch, and you can only read so many books, or watch so many movies, or to be so disciplined as to except a situation of being without someone special. Yet, if the opportunity presents itself why reject it just because they like to wear one blue sock and one white one, or because they keep coming up with negative reasons for staying apart, and yours are positive?! But what do I know; I’m just a rambling old man.
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