Friend #4 — Connections


“Loneliness is the first thing which God’s eye named not good.”  John Milton

I had a good day yesterday.  While I was at the grocery store, I stuck up a conversation with the butcher.  The butcher at Publix looks like you think a butcher should — beefy and hearty.  He wore a hair net perched over the last little hairs on the back of his bald head.  As we talked about fish, he mentioned that he used to live in New Mexico and go fishing there.  I was excited to talk to him about New Mexico and my relatives there, and the different areas there that I have enjoyed.

I found a connection with the Publix butcher.

Connections are great.  We can be carrying on this random conversation with someone that is all chit chatty, and all of a sudden we find we have something in common.  We instantly feel more interested in that person.  We feel an affinity with them.

It is hard to feel alone.  I have a friend who recently graduated from college and moved to a new city to look for a job.  She at times is very lonely.  That is challenging.  We all can relate to those feelings of loneliness, feeling like we are the only one going through something, feeling like no one cares, feeling like we have no one to talk with.

Making connections with others helps.

To discover the connections is to uncover numerous delights in life.  Each one is like completing a little circuit that causes a light to go on.  And as we make more connections, it is creates constellations in the darkness in our souls.

I also went to the doctor’s office yesterday.  In the waiting room, I met a mother and her grown daughter from Tallassee.  Both were salt of the earth type people.  The younger woman’s husband had just been hired by Auburn to work on their dairy at Tallassee.  He loved it.  The woman looked like I would picture a dairy wife, with a round face and rosy cheeks.  I was happy for her that her husband had found a job doing what he loves.  And once again, I found a connection.  I talked about my relatives who raise cows, and she talked about her husband working with cows.

The great thing about this interaction was that I got to share a little about our church as well.  I mentioned that I go out to Montgomery to visit people from our church, and they were impressed that people travel that far.  I told them how people will drive when something is worth it.

So the interactions I had yesterday were gratifying.  And I pray that I left a trace of Christ behind me as I went.

“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”  II Cor 2:15

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”  Herman Melville

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