THE TRI-COUNTY JAIL WINDOW & 'NOT ME'!


Woman jailed. Deposit Photos


Recently a TV commercial has been heavily circulated for a product with the purpose of having clear skin. Each person is dressed in a jacket or covering with the same design as the 'wall' behind them. Then the person states, "Hide my skin? Not me!" They remove the upper body covering to show a rough patch on their skin which looks almost healed. It's the 'not me' that rankles. Remember Peter's promise to Jesus that he would never deny Him? He did. But then Jesus restored him.


Scripture: Matthew 6:19-24. NAS

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal;

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.

But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.


I walked into the Tri-County Jail for the first time. It was a large room with groups of people all ages. A few were in line at a window talking with an officer so I was last in line. When it was my turn, the female officer walked away. I assumed she had a duty to perform and I stayed in place. I could feel every pair of eyes on me as though they knew 'the ropes' and I didn't.

My mind began to wander so I pulled it (my mind) back. I had been in a Bible study at the YMCA in town, so I began to think about the 5 point statement of Beth Moore who had written Believing God. I kept repeating it and it calmed me down:


God is who He says He is.

God can do what He says He can do.

I am who God says I am.

I can do all things through Christ.

God's Word is alive and active in me.

I'm believing God. (Hand signal from my heart to the top of my head for believing, to pointing above my head toward God.). I did not care if people saw me or not because I knew God did.


Finally I was allowed to go through the door behind the waiting room. My purse was in the trunk of the car while the deputy had my ID and driver's license. My pockets were also empty. When I sat down in the chair and looked through the glass to see my daughter in a jump suit, I felt numb and empty. She was still defiant, did all the talking and her words were angry. I had no way of knowing this was only the beginning of a long siege.


Now, what does all that have to do with today's scripture?

Jesus said DON'T store up treasures on earth. Instead store up treasures in heaven. He gave this reason . . wherever your treasure is . . that is where your heart will be.


Where is your heart? Who or what does it belong to? Did you lose someone to Covid? Is your heart buried with them?


Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman was one of my very first Devotional

books. April 12 is powerful:

You never know that you have a grip on Christ, or that He has a grip on you, as well as when the devil is using all his force to attract you from Him; then you feel the pull of Christ's right hand.


Now, back to the 'Not Me!' I know it would not be 'advertising worthy', but if there was just a thank you in there . . for the clear skin / the medication/ ability to afford it. How about our God for allowing it to be effective?


For myself, I would love to be able to say 'Not me'! for the following . . .


Be angry again? not me

Be grumpy again? not me

Overeat again? not me


But here's the thing, I can worry about the above and not being faithful to my Lord . . being afraid I will in some way, fail Him. Instead, this is what I know:


HE WILL NOT FAIL ME!! I'M BELIEVING GOD!!

HE WILL NOT FAIL ME!! I'M BELIEVING JESUS!!

HE WILL NOT FAIL ME!! I'M BELIEVING the HOLY SPIRIT!! Amen







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