If you are not familiar with the above image, it is called a darning egg. The darning egg was used mainly for mending or repairing holes in socks long ago. The large end of the egg was used to repair the heel of the sock, and the small end was probably used to repair the toes of the sock. This particular egg belonged to my husband’s mother, and she did in fact use it to mend her two boys’ and her husband’s socks. It’s probably at least 75 years old and a beautiful piece of wood. Now that we have a little history of the darning egg, let’s talk about what I think about when I see this darning egg.
When I look at the “darning egg”, I think how good it is to remember days of long ago:
How we can learn from those family happenings
How we can know the times our family has enjoyed and also endured
How thankful we can be for those who have gone on before us and possibly made our ways a little easier
How badly we need to remember History, to learn from it
How blessed we are to have the Bible to learn of God’s creation, all the days of the Old Testament and the New Testament and how God sent His Son to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins, hopefully reading and remembering Jesus’ teachings
One of the Scriptures that comes to mind when I speak of the “darning egg” and the relationship of remembering the past is from Deuteronomy 32:7. It says, “Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.” Another Scripture is in Isaiah 46:9a and says, “Remember the former things, those of long ago . . .”.
When I speak of the “darning egg”, I also think about mending something that is broken and not throwing it away and buying something new. I also think about mending a relationship that has gone awry and can ask for forgiveness and go the second mile. To repair or mend brokenness, we need to know:
How to repair the item that is broken or torn or worn
How to go about repairing a broken relationship
How to appreciate those things and relationships that we have and that they are worth keeping them close to our hearts
Searching the scriptures concerning brokenness, I found James 3:19 that says, “And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” Another scripture is from Proverbs 17:22 that says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” It’s impossible to be joyful when we are broken.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Revelations 21:5 that says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” God doesn’t just throw away our brokenness into the trash heap. He repairs it and redeems us if we will only let Him. Amen!
I have been watching what is happening in our United States of America for the last several weeks, and, in fact, for the last several years. I am what most would call a “Senior” citizen! Yes, I know. Some may say, “What does that old person know?” One thing I do know is I try to learn something new every day. We are never too old to learn and that works both ways. We are also never too young to want to learn. I have lived the best life that I can humanly live. Have I done things wrong in the past? Have I made mistakes? Have I been angry about things that have gone on around me? The answer to all those questions is “absolutely yes”! But, you see, I hope I have learned from my mistakes. I hope I have learned from troubles that have come my way. I hope I have learned to ask forgiveness. I hope I have learned to forgive. And I do not feel any guilt from any of it or from anyone else. I am a sinner saved by Grace through Jesus Christ. I am forgiven. Praise God, this is not my eternal home! I am just occupying this place until it is time to go to that better place called Heaven or some might call it GLORY!.
None of what is happening today makes any sense. Why is there looting, burning, injuring, rioting? Peaceful protest is what needs to happen, but the problem with any protest, there is always someone or some group who is embedded in it who wants to make trouble and cause havoc, even when the majority of the protestors are reasonable and orderly. That is sad! Destroying things that do not belong to you is wrong. That person or business that has been destroyed by all this upheaval did not deserve that. What did that person or business do to hurt you?
No person can erase history or change anything by tearing down monuments and national symbols. History is what it is – History, the Past! But we need to learn from history, not try and wipe it out of books, monuments, symbols, our education system, etc. History needs to be taught in our schools, the whole truth of history and nothing but the truth of history. Sure, some things in the past have been wrong. But why should I feel guilty or ashamed about things that have happened in the past? I was not there. I have compassion for those who were wrongly hurt, and I am saddened by many events in the past. I only have control over my here and now, and I should not have to suffer for things in the past that hurt people when I had nothing to do with it. The past is what it is – PAST! We only need to learn from it!
What is your history? Write your story. Be proud of it. Strive to make a better life for yourself and your family. This United States of America is a great country! Look around the world and then know that you are living in the best place in the world! Why do you think so many people want to come here to live? To see what living in freedom is like? To make a better life that they had somewhere else? I am proud to be an American and a Christian! I pray that we will keep our country free and live in peace together! Let us not destroy it. God bless America!!
Encouragement in your daily life. God's Promises and His Provisions!