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November 5, 2010Read: Romans 7 “I don’t realize what I’m doing. I don’t do what I want to do. Instead, I do what I hate.” –Romans 7:15

Last year I was doing some work abroad, and at one particular location, the house we were staying in was nestled in the deep, dark reaches of what could have been the Congo for all I know. Spiders the size of small dogs, bugs never before photographed by man…this place was creepy.

Well, one night in the laundry room underneath the house, I was transferring clothes from the washer, when a moth the size of a pterodactyl flew out of the dryer. (I suddenly had new clothes to wash.)

Once I regained my dignity, I stood and watched this pre-historic bat beat his head against the window trying to escape his laundromat-turned-hotel-turned-prison. I noticed it had a portion of its wing missing, but that didn’t stop it from flying around my head as it tried desperately to get out. After many attempts, I was able to catch it and free it.

Nice story, right? Well, the next morning I made my way back to the laundry room. I opened the door and wouldn’t you know it – that giant eagle-moth with that broken wing was back at that same window, trying to get out. Trapped again. Same predicament. Same trouble. As I shook my head in disbelief, it dawned on me…I’m a lot like that moth.

Aren’t we like that sometimes? We find ourselves back in the wrong place, wrong predicament, wrong jungle — beating our heads against the wall just wishing for a fresh new start? Well, no better time than today for renewal, both physically and spiritually. In Jesus, we've been set free.

--J.P.

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