Trimming Your Wick

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Recently I felt led to read the parable of the wise and foolish virgins found in Matthew 25. It says:

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. “Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. “Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. “But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ “Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. “And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ “But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. “Afterwards the other virgins came also, saying. ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ “But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. Matthew 25:1-13 NKJ

The footnote in my Bible says that the word trimmed (kosmeo); Strong’s #2885 means: “To beautify, arrange, decorate, furnish, embellish, adorn, put in order. Here is a picture of revival before the Second coming of Christ.”

Another interesting point that my husband mentioned to me is that with the old fashioned lamps, the wicks would have to be trimmed after they were burned, so that they could be used again. I thought about how the wick is like our soul (inner being, mind, will and emotions). The lower end of the wick is placed in the oil so it can absorb it and that is what enables it to burn for long periods of time. However, after use, the end of the wick becomes charred and often frazzled and if the end is not trimmed off, it can become difficult to light again. That is how our soul is. We have to spend time in the presence of God, soaking up His qualities in order to burn brightly for Him. The world can leave us feeling frazzled and burned out, but spending time in His presence allows Him to prune or trim off the things that cause our lights to become dim and prepare us to go the distance in burning brightly for Him until He comes again. God bless you all.

In Christ ~ Kelly Rowe