Wretched, Poor, Pitiful, and More

Wretched, Poor, Pitiful, and More

Revelation 3:18 But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

When the economic crunch hit our home, I was forced to return to the work place.  After being a stay-at-home mom for nearly thirteen years, I can tell you it was quite an adjustment.  My daughter begged me to continue to home school her.  Since she was now entering high school, the pressure was even greater.  On top of working full time hours and swing shifts, there were many nights when I would come home, and still spend two or three hours helping Rachel with her school work.  By the time I would find time to do devotions, I was too tired.  If I wanted to do anything, it was either sleep or “veg” on the couch, letting the TV entertain me.  Oh what a hard cycle to break!

I noticed a very quick pattern when I started failing so miserably at reading the Word.  My attitude changed (and I don’t mean for the better).  The words running through my head weren’t words from the Living Word.  Rather, they were more likely to be the four-letter kind that I often heard repeatedly at work.  I also found that the longer I went without reading the Word, the less I desired to read it.  Because I knew my passion for the Word was waning, I then began to deal with the guilt of not spending time with the Lord.  If I did read, it seemed to be more of a “Ok, now I’ve got that done for the day,” rather than truly having my heart into it, seeking to hear from my Father.

One morning, as I was getting ready for work, I turned on a Christian TV station where they were playing music, and showing beautiful scenic photos.  Suddenly, a scripture popped up on the screen.  It was one of those moments that became a quick reality check for me.  It was Revelation 3:18.  It says, “You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”  Except that now, I did realize that about myself.  I fit that scripture to a “T.”  When I fail to get into the Word, it isn’t long before my attitude is wretched.  Because I was slacking in my devotional time, I had allowed myself to become spiritually poor because I had no fresh “oil” flowing in me.  I was pitiful because I was neglecting to spend time with the One who died for me.  I was naked because, by my actions, I was choosing not to clothe myself in Christ every day.  It was clearly time for a change.

Now my quest is to return to my First Love.  I know He is waiting and watching, and He’s doing so with open arms.  And He’s also doing it for those of you who may also have fallen on this slippery slope.  Let Him catch you with those Everlasting Arms.  It will delight Him and it will give you a new lease on life.
© 2010, Stacy R Miller


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