The Turkey in the Elder-Beerman Bag


I don’t think the bag that brought home my bargains from Elder-Beerman’s “going out of business” sale had any idea that one day it would be holding my husband’s prize turkey kill. Neither did I. Not that I think that shopping bags can “think.” But that task was something that it certainly wasn’t designed to do. And the evidence was all through my refrigerator!

Turkey blood had seeped out of the bag, onto the shelf, which ran down into the vegetable and meat drawers and definitely wasn’t what I wanted to face first thing that morning. I believe in “reuse, repurpose and recycle,” but this was not a good idea my dear man.

He waited and waited, patiently and daily, in the early mornings for this bird. Up before the crack of dawn to take his place and listen for the “gobble, gobble.” The morning he finally caught this big guy found even me excited and taking pictures to send our sons. If you have a hunter in your life, you know the inexplicable, in my opinion, joy they receive when they have, at long last, harvested the reward of their efforts. I don’t understand it, but I don’t have to. He didn’t understand the joy I felt when I brought home the bargains in that same bag a few weeks prior. Ahh, the differences in “us.”

I like to take home lessons from life experiences, and I am not sure what this one is. Maybe next time, I’ll follow through from taking the pictures to “Now where are you going to put this and in what?” Another lesson might be that even though something might “work” for a purpose that it was not designed to do, think about it, carefully. Would the “fail” have consequences and how many and how long would it take to clean them up?

We, as God’s children, were designed, created and called for one purpose:

“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” Isaiah 43:7

This place where I post my life-lessons is called “Glory Renewed” because I have a special relationship with the Lord, my God. He designed me, He created me, He called me for the purpose of giving Him glory. When I use myself to do anything other than that, there are consequences. I have to repent and turn away from sin and turn toward things that bring Him glory, every, single, day.

Your relationship with God is just as special. He designed you, He created you and He called you for the purpose of giving Him glory.

Let’s pray: My Father God, thank You for creating me for a purpose and I ask You humbly, please, cause me to live every day to bring you glory. Amen

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