Matching the Socks
John 14:6: “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever.”
I don’t know if you do your own laundry or not. It’s one of those chores that no one talks about, knowing hat we all have to do it or have it done, and it comes with its particular frustrations. Chief among these is trying to make sure that the same socks you put in the washer and dryer are the socks that come out. We’ve all ended up with an unmatched sock or two, and it’s utterly baffling to understand where they went. Sometimes they have attached themselves to a shirt and show up after a while, or maybe the dryer created a black hole which sucked up some of the socks and deposited them on the very baffled inhabitants of a small planet circling a distant star. It’s hard to tell what they would think of this, particularly if they didn’t have feet, and they would probably want to return those strange knit objects.
I bring this up because I did my laundry Monday, and, when I went to match the socks, they were all there! I was inordinately happy about this rare event, which shows you the kind of life I lead. I put them in their special place in my dresser, where I can be assured that they will matched and ready to wear. I have to say here that there are no guarantees that they will match, especially the one-color socks. This is why I prefer footwear with designs on it so that I can easily tell what matches what.
Now, the point of all this is this: God created us as we are, and we are indeed wonderfully made. But we are missing something important, as a sock missing its mate cannot do what it was intended for. For us, that something missing can be the presence of God in our lives. And that is much more important than a bit of fabric formed into a tube and closed at one end.
Praise God for making us so that we need him, and for manifesting his presence in so many ways, but especially through the power of the Spirit, whom we praise, along with the Father and the Son. Amen.