Stuck in a Zipper

This happens to me quite frequently. The majority of my skirts have zippers on them, and as was today’s case, I absolutely could not get the stupid thing undone. I had just returned home from work, ready to change into something more casual, but got held up in the throes of the metal meshing mess. I turned it, I pulled it, I pleaded with it; I attempted to stick my fingernail into the tiny handle, and I was still stuck. I think I finally prayed after nearly knotting myself into my unrelentless waistband.

Okay, so hopefully you realize it wasn’t that dramatic, but I did struggle with it, and finally (eventually) got free. Perhaps by now you will also realize that God seems to throw me an analogy with everything I do, whether from a pleasant or painful experience. In this case, I started to think about how we struggle with sin. We struggle with it, become frustrated, often jump around trying to get un-stuck, and sometimes we remember to pray. But then what? Do we just give up and resign to forever being zipped into our sin? Or do we work towards conquering it, knowing full well that God calls us to a life of freedom…and realizing that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus who has  set us free? (Romans 8:37)

“You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.”
– Romans 8: 9-11

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