Over the weekend, my parents were down visiting and my mom said, “Be careful not to let your fingers start swelling or you wont be able to get your rings off.” I did not think much of it as my fingers had not been swollen so I did not take her warning very seriously. Then- last night I looked down to see my fingers had suddenly swollen a significant amount and my wedding bands were very tight! I immediately heard my mother’s warning in my head and hoped I had not waited one day too late to take my rings off! After several people’s various attempts to get it off, I went to sleep hoping the swelling would go down over night. I woke up to see that swelling had gotten worse and my fingers were throbbing and discolored and decided I better call the professionals! After a visit at the Bay Minette Fire Department, I had my rings cut off. The fire fighters were very kind and gentle, but the cutting process was fairly painful. I was praying out loud, “Jesus please help me, please help me God.” Eventually the rings were cut and my finger was free!
As I drove home, I began thinking about what I was going to write about today and thought of this verse: “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” -Hebrews 12:1. This verse reminded me a lot of what happened to me today! My wedding rings are a beautiful symbol of marriage, the love Jessie and I have and the commitment we have made to one another, but last night they became an encumbrance to the blood flow in my hands!
The Bible verse says encumbrance and sin- this makes me think that maybe all “encumbrances” are not sin. They might be great things, they might be fun things, they might be beautiful things, but if they become a distractions to the flow of the Spirit in our lives, we must lay them aside! If we do not, we might find ourselves turning purple, in pain, and the cutting off process might be significantly more painful than it had to be. But even the pain is worth it to have the flow of the Spirit back in our lives, just as the pain of getting my rings cut off was worth getting the correct blood flow and swelling down in my fingers!
This week let us focus on the call of God in our lives and lay aside every encumbrance and sin so that we function to our greatest potential in Christ and achieve as much as we can for the Kingdom! It’s time to cut off the hinderances and let the Spirit flow freely in our lives!
& ALWAYS listen to our mommas!
Have a great week!