Monday, December 3, 2007

Where's My Bed?

I was reading Proverbs the other day and came across something that jumped off the page onto me like a spider monkey. So here is the back story to all this: I moved up to Indy with everything I needed to furnish my apartment. I had a nice queen sized bed, pillow top, in fact. Unfortunately when I began to follow and trust Jesus my debt was not taken away. Naturally I was living and working in debt, I worked just to pay off debt, really didn’t make enough money to have any savings. I don’t do camping; the only outdoor stuff I like is urban; hanging out downtown with homeless people.
One night I’m laying in bed and I feel itchy, so I take another shower, lay down, and still feel itchy. So I rip off my sheets to find what I think are little spots of blood, which is odd, so I go to wipe them off and when I get close they scatter! Eww! I immediately took my bed down the hall of my apartment complex and threw it away. After a little research I found out they were bed bugs. I didn’t even know they were real, I just thought it was a cute saying, “Goodnight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” I even feel gross writing this right now. The only way I can figure I got the bed bugs was from one of my street friends because I don’t go outside otherwise. So for the next 6 months I slept on a twin sized air mattress (this is actually smaller than twin bed because I’m only 5’9” and my feet hung off of it). I slept on this air mattress for so long because I didn’t have enough money to buy a bed. All this has to do with the dumb decisions I made by getting myself into debt. Proverbs 22:26 says, “Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you (NIV).” I had gotten myself into so much debt that my bed was literally snatched from under me. I could not help the circumstances which caused it (bed bugs), but the reason I could not replace it was because I had made many pledges for debt. I’m learning tons about life and the way of following Jesus and debt management/money management is one I have the most trouble with. I pray I can serve as an example to you and you may not put up security for debts and will into buy anything you lack the means to pay for. And while you’re at it you can definitely keep me in constant prayer and pray for yourself that we can all be freed from the bondage of debt and truly live within the liberty Christ offers.

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