Brother for Sale
March 1, 2016, 2:29 PM

     A lady decided to sell her sewing machine, and it was made by “Brother”, (I have a Brother printer at home). So, she decides to do something  reasonable. She placed a classified ad in her local newspaper under the heading, "Miscellaneous For Sale" and "Items under $50," she bought several lines in the want ad section.

     The advertisement didn't come out exactly as intended. Somewhere along the way from purchase, to copy editing, to printing, the words "sewing machine" got lost. So she wound up offering a "BROTHER" for sale! Now wouldn’t you know, she has two brothers, and insists she wouldn't part with either one of them. Now my sister, Patty has 4 brothers and I believe today she would opt to keep us all, but a few years ago…..well that’s another article for another time. 

            Anyway, the want ad in the paper must have raised some eyebrows. And, it got some responses. One person called her and was given the corrected information – that it was a sewing machine rather than a person on the sales block. "Thank you!" was the quick response, and the caller hung up. Another person called and wanted to know if the price was negotiable!

     Have you ever been misunderstood? Been guilty of poor communication? Had a key word dropped from or added to your message? Been judged harshly by someone who read a false motive into something you said or did?

     Sometimes misunderstandings can be simply cleared up with better information. At other times, the person who misjudged a situation catches on, feels foolish, and takes the initiative. Sometimes there is nothing to be done – except try to go on with your life, without bitterness.

     Jesus knows about being misunderstood. His home life, for example, was less than ideal because his own brothers made fun of the notion that his life had a “divine mission”.

     When he preached in Nazareth, his boyhood home, the people dismissed him as “a nobody.” "Isn't this the carpenter's son?" they asked.

     He must have felt terribly alone when people misread, misjudged and misunderstood him. The big one, the icing on the cake if you will, happened when he was betrayed by one of his friends and left to be judged by a Roman bureaucrat who was clueless to understand a kingdom "not of this world." In that swirling mess, he told his apostles: "You will all leave me; yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me" (John 16:32).

     When misunderstanding leaves you abandoned, God’s presence with you, is the secret to survival.

     Of the brother-for-sale episode, the paper ran a corrected ad. One of her brothers said, "it’s okay. I needed a good laugh."

     Boy I wish every misunderstood situation would have so happy an ending.

     Have a great week!