Pole jackets? Trust me, never heard of them
For twenty-five years I have walked dogs past the same two dozen utility poles. Today I notice again the crumbling sheath at the base of one of them. It must be the light.
Cobalt, indigo, aqua, then a mix of lilac, umber, and ocher—even loden green—there are so many hues!
Time and weather have deckled the edges, like handmade paper. Tacked straight into wood with three galvanized nails, this is the only utility jacket wrapping a pole on our road.
Was it attached to protect the base from rot? Was it an insect barrier? Why this pole?
From a distance, the substance is a mystery, mottled, like pigments bleeding together on thick wet paper.
The dog and I close in on it. It’s plastic, and brittle, the color of bruises.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know I love the way everyday sights suggest insights.
So far, I’m stumped.
Trust and instinct
The pole jacket bugs me. Why can’t I walk away? The dog’s certainly ready to go. There’s something here I need to understand. When a mysterious image sticks with me, pondering it often triggers prayer.
Or a poem.
Will thinking up similes unlock this haunting?
Circling the pole, I imagine felted Bavarian vests. And girdles. Then cumberbunds (also called cummerbunds), worn by . . .
- scuba divers (the wide waistband sealing jacket to pants)
And, inexplicably, one power pole.
Fashion-wise, cumberbunds provide a transition at the waist, the visual center of the body, or “trunk.” (One-third of this pole is buried, so I’m studying an extra-low waistline.)
Truth is, I’m in transition. How about you?
Truth-telling and trust
Sometimes it feels impossible to understand what God’s doing in our lives. We study it from every angle and can’t figure it out. Stress assails us, followed by fear.
Thinking of the pole jacket again, I’m reminded of the armor of God, which we are encouraged to wear.
“So use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be standing up. But to do this, you will need the strong belt of truth . . . (Ephesians 6:13-14a TLB).”
Perhaps part of wearing that belt of “truth” includes honestly assessing our current level of trust.
When we feel clueless, will we trust God? Will we wrap our souls in Mystery?
MAKING IT PERSONAL:
What are you learning about trust these days?