3/12/13

Got Oil?


In the Book of Matthew, Chpt 25, we read the parable of the 10 virgins. The five wise virgins had oil in their vessels at all times, prepared for the day that the bridegroom would appear. The five foolish had their lamps, but had no oil with them. Perhaps they thought there would always be time to purchase it. Maybe they felt, as many do today,  that someone else would take care of them. Or that there would always be enough oil to go around or always be more time to get it.
While they slept, the bridegroom came. The wise virgins were able to fill their lamps from the oil in their vessels and go to meet him. The foolish begged for the wise to share but were refused and told to go get their own oil "lest there not be enough for us and you." (vs. 9 KJV)
While they were gone to purchase more oil for their lamps, the bridegroom gathered those who were "ready" and shut the door to the wedding. The foolish missed the opportunity to enter while they were taking care of that which should have been done earlier. There are myriads of lessons in these 13 verses of scripture. Here is the interpretation that has been in my heart in the past months.

One morning I awoke with a desperate need for some tummy support.  I had tried a swallow a few days earlier of an all natural digestive support essential oil blend.  I remembered with satisfaction how it had coated my tummy and made it feel warm and tingly. I was certain that it could help me now. Then, I sorrowed, because I didn't own any. I had very few oils in fact. I felt woefully unprepared. That morning, this parable in Matthew 25 was brought to my mind. I vowed then and there that I would not again be found unprepared. I would fill my vessels with oil (one drop at a time) so that my lamp would never run dry. It may seem a silly analogy to some, but I felt as if my Heavenly Father was giving me a gift. He knows just how I learn. He is wonderful like that!

Luckily for me, my friend was willing to share a few drops of her precious oil with me.
I have been trying ever since to share what I have with others. For the reality is that one day, it will be too late. But for those who are prepared... whether with oil, or knowledge, with faith, we will not be like unto the foolish virgins who waited until it was too late. There is power in our ability to take care of ourselves. There is peace. There is comfort. There is wisdom. And for tummy troubles, there are oils... and I am ever so thankful for that.

4 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading this. Thanks!

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  2. I enjoy the fact that your read it. I can always count on my friends!!

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  3. Thanks so much for your posts. I look forward to reading them everyday!

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  4. Interesting analogy. I'm glad you found oil for your lamp (and tummy!)

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