As a kid growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, I saw a lot of
strange things advertised and purchased by American families. We were impressed
with anything plastic. One of those plastic items was the clear plastic couch
cover my parents had installed to save our family couch from the dirt and
debris deposited by two sons who plopped down on the couch several times a day.
The good thing about the plastic couch cover was the fact that
it did keep dirt from ever reaching our couch. The problem with it was the
couch turned into a Slip and Slide in the summer when lubricated by our sweat
in a house without air conditioning. In the winter it became cold and brittle
feeling. It made a crackling sound from November through January. In order to
enjoy the couch we had to lay down a soft blanket on the plastic to return it to the feel and
function of a real couch.
I remember the day that our family had enough of the plastic
couch cover. The event took place on a hot summer day when a family member slid off the couch and onto the floor. Dad peeled out his
trusty pocketknife and filleted the plastic couch cover sending it to an eternity of
imprisonment in our local landfill. We were finally free! All our family got on
the real couch and wiggled around in its welcoming unsoiled fabric. Dirt was no
longer our concern. We had our couch back.
That couch taught me something about how we should live our
lives. Life is meant to live, not protect. Like the plastic cover on our family
couch, anything we put between our life and the lives of other people to keep
the dirt of life out will turn us into a protected and untouchable person. These
layers can resemble a plastic couch cover that lets people see a protected image of who we are,
but never allows them access to the real us. This turns our
lives into a place where people can no longer rest in our presence.
Today, ask the Lord to reveal where you have may have
covered your life with any self-protecting layer. Maybe you got hurt in the past and you are
not sure you want to set yourself up for another failure. There are many reasons to
cover. The reason doesn’t really matter. Allow God to cut away any coverings you have installed. He wants to become your only covering. After God removes the plastic covering you will look inviting and welcoming once again. When this finally happens you will have people approach
your life who will want to lounge in your presence because the feel and touch
of that experience is how your life was created to be enjoyed.