Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

April 6, 2010

The Stopper

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

My grandmother’s kitchen had all sizes and shapes of bottles.  She would use them for pickles, sauces, and dressings, just to mention a few.  I remember some of the long neck bottles.  For instance one was for ketchup.  In those days a cork was used rather than a bottle top.  Often the cork would begin to wear down in size or become soft.  On occasion, the cork would get pushed down below the top of the bottle.

There were times that some of us seemed to deliberately push the cork down too far.  The cork was stuck in the neck of the bottle.  It would take an ice pick or cork screw to get it out, but the danger was pushing it down into the bottle.  As a result, you could get nothing from the bottle, or place anything in the bottle.  That cork was a blocker.

Years ago, Dr. Douglas at Emory University had performed more angioplasty than any cardiologist in the world.  He captured my attention as he explained the blockage in an artery.  It was much like the cork in the neck of a bottle.  He said, “This main artery feeds the heart muscle.  Without proper blood flow to that muscle, it can die.”

When someone speaks of physical health, he gets our attention, much like my grandmother would get my attention when she asked if I pushed the cork down too far deliberately.  Think with me about a blockage in an artery or a cork stuck in the neck of a bottle.  Both send a message to us.  Or, perhaps it is more like God sending us a message.

Without the proper flow of divine life into me, my spiritual nature withers.  There have been many times in my spiritual life when I felt the cork was pushed down where there was not the flow of God’s blessings in my life.  And as Dr. Douglas indicated, without proper flow of blood, the heart muscle can die.  My spiritual life is ultimately dependent on God’s spirit constantly flowing into my life.  That blockage occurs when I allow the cork to hinder the flow.

I can be guilty of hindering the flow of spiritual nourishment into my life if I allow too many other things in my life.  I can shut down God’s power and strength in my life through a focus  on self and other things, rather than on Him.  The Great Life-Giver desires to bring a life of blessings.  Our response is to see that no cork exists to cause a blockage.

I want to be conscious every moment of the need for the flow of spiritual life and energy into my being. I most be attentive and deliberate in keeping the flow of His Spirit into my life.

” . . . let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles . . . .”  (Hebrews 12:1) “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the way of mockers.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers.”  (Psalm 1:1,3) 




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