The Dryer

There seemed to be no escape, no matter how hard or fast I ran, He was still there, walking. And then there I was- bent over, holding my side, barely able to catch my breath.

As I lie here in bed, the clothes in the dryer are nearly approaching their last tumble. I’m tired, but earlier this evening I heard a terrible racket. I tracked it down and found it to be the dryer. Something is causing a horrible sound. It’s a little scary and I’m not sure what exactly is going on in there but work clothes need to be dried for the workday ahead.

I figured I need to stay close, stay awake and stay aware to make sure all will be well, so again, I am last at getting in the bed. This wasn’t my plan at all. Early on I asked everyone to get their clothes ready to wash and told my daughter to get her shower and get in bed at a decent time so I could be in the bed before 10 p.m.

Instead, I find myself playing the role of the watchman: watching for anything that may harm my family so I can call out to them if (or when) danger comes.

I am once again reminded of the conversation I had with my brother-in-law not long ago. It’s rare I talk to him through the week, but I was stuck at home waiting for that package that never came (Click here for the related story) so I know our meeting was a divine appointment.

We talked about the Lord with tears in our eyes and as he told me one particular thing, my eyelids gave way and the tears began to roll down my cheeks. He said, “If your family is ever going to be saved, it will be because of you.” (Meaning my obedience to the Lord.) Click here for the related story

That was a lot to take in, but it wasn’t as much of a shock as it was the first time it had been revealed to me. It was, however, a heavy weight on my arthritic shoulders. But what about the role of a watchman? That word alone is enough to bring me to my arthritic knees.

As with so many topics, there are many, many verses but I will only post a chosen few:

Ezekiel 33:6-7  NKJV  6) ‘But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’ 7) “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.

Ezekiel 33:11 NKJV  “Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the LORD GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’

Any time I have felt the Lord speak to me about being a watchman I have been driven not only to my knees, but to my knees weeping and sobbing. So much so that my husband once thought there had been a death.

The truth of the matter is that it scared me, but even more, it pained my flesh. It was a death- a death to myself and I just wasn’t willing to pass away.

Not long ago I ended up running from the position and the One who seems to want me to have it, only to have Him gently walk alongside me. There seemed to be no escape, no matter how hard or fast I ran, He was still there, walking. And then there I was- bent over, holding my side, barely able to catch my breath. Even with something as calm as a gentle breeze blowing the last of the leaves on a big oak tree I would hear Him simply say, “It’s up to you.”

Him never leaving my side, I returned to Him knowing the people I love, the people in my life- they have souls. The weight doesn’t seem as heavy now because He’s proven to this “doubting Thomas” that He’ll never leave my side on the watchtower.

So tonight, and every other hour, it is a privilege that I must take seriously, for the sake of my family- physically, at times (such as tonight), but also, more importantly- spiritually. I love them, and since I do, I will watch for them. The concern is always: but will they still love me? That is the reason for the tears but I have to love them to life, not love them to death.

Have you ever been called for a position in which your response was nothing short of begging and pleading for Him to accept a simple “no thank You”?

I’m sure you’ve found the Lord is adamant when it comes to His will being done. If not yet, just wait. The good thing is, you’ll never “go it” alone: He will be with you.

Do you happen to be running like I was? Take just a second and look beside you. Yep, there He is.

Thank you for reading and may God bless you and yours.



Who Opened the Door

So what do we do when we see the door to sin has been opened and is flying around to sting it’s next victim? Instead of acting and feeling hopeless, we can call out to our Father in prayer, trusting He hears our plea.

As my family and I were sitting in the living room the night before last, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. It was a wasp. Someone had opened the door at some point and that little stinger made it’s way right into the house.

As it flew around hitting the ceiling I looked over and saw the other three members of my family look up at it, then look back at the TV. Usually I’m quick to jump up and swat whatever, but for some reason I didn’t even give it a second thought. I did the same as everyone else- I ignored it.

What’s the big deal about this wasp? Well, it could’ve been a big deal if someone would’ve gotten stung. Most of the time when Jason (my husband) gets stung he ends up having to go get a shot at the doctor. That would’ve been a big deal and a big bill!

So who let it in? Did they realize when they opened the door they could’ve been letting something in that could be harmful? Was I the one that let it in?

I remember many years ago my mother-in-law talked to me about how when someone does something they shouldn’t, it was opening the door for sin to get in not only in their lives but also the lives of their family. At first I didn’t understand all that well what she meant. As time passed on, I would see it happen in families. It’s always easier to look at someone else instead of ourselves, but over time my eyes were opened and I saw it in my own family as well. To be completely honest, I’ve swung that door open wide and just stood there way too many times letting the good out and the bad in.

Its kind of like that wasp that was flying around. Someone opened the door and it put our whole family in danger. Furthermore, we all saw the wasp and none of  us did anything to protect our family. Me, of all people, especially since I was stung not long ago, should’ve remembered the pain I felt and jumped up, grabbed a shoe and protected my family. I should’ve stopped that wasp as soon as I laid eyes on it.

So what do we do when we see the door to sin has been opened and is flying around to sting it’s next victim? Instead of acting and feeling hopeless, we can call out to our Father in prayer, trusting He hears our plea.

What if we are the one that opened the door? First we have to realize we did! Then what? We can’t change the past, but by repenting and praying, God can change the future!

Oftentimes I’ve opened the door and I’ve seen someone (sometimes multiple people) get “stung” immediately. Whether we realize it or not, we have an influence on the people around us.  To quote my mother-in-law, “All it takes is a tiny crack in the door for sin to get in.”

She couldn’t be more right.

A lady I clean house for has a small crack under her screen door. That small crack was big enough for a lizard to come inside her house.

Ephesians 4:27 NKJV says, “nor give place to the devil.”

I know that is an incomplete sentence but there is a list of things mentioned in Ephesians chapter 4, beginning in verse 25, all the way to the end (of the book of Ephesians). Some are things to either not do, or do, so that we don’t give place to the devil. Chapter 6, beginning in verse 10 tells us how to “gear up” to prevent that door from being opened. The importance of the verse picked out pertaining to this story is: not to give the enemy a home.

Our home- a safe haven for us and our family.  It’s a place where we can choose what comes inside. We can make our home a place of refuge from this world, or if we aren’t careful, we can allow turmoil in and it can take over us and those we love in the blink of an eye.

Lord, help me to fill the cracks in my home. Help me to close the door on sin in my life before my family, friends or anyone else is destroyed because of what I have allowed to come in. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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