When Life Gets Out of Hand

I was “reorganizing” my desk yesterday when I came across a newspaper article that I had clipped some time ago.  The story that follows was the focus of that article:

“In Stanford, California, surgeons removed a 303-pound ovarian cyst that had kept a woman bedridden for two years. The 34-year old woman, who did not want her name released, was ‘recovering and in excellent condition,’ Dr. Kathrine O’Hanlan said Friday.

The operation Thursday at Stanford University Hospital lasted more than six hours, O’Hanlan said.

The physicaian believes the cyst, which had to be carried from the operating room on its own stretcher, was the largest in history, O’Hanlan said. She said the previous record was believed to be a cyst weighing 185 pounds.

O’Hanlan said the cyst was first noticed 10 years ago and ‘really grew during the last two years.’

The patient had read about problems involved in removing cysts and was hesitant about surgery but ‘things had just gotten to be unmanageable,’ the doctor said.

The growth was a lot of little cysts growing together in one 3-foot diameter mass,’ O’Hanlan said.

The patient, who is 5 feet 10 inches tall now weighs 210 pounds.


Many times, because of our nature we humans procrastinate in addressing the vital needs in both our physical and spiritual lives.

Moses had announced the second plague on the Egyptian people — frogs!  The infestation was so comprehensive and wide-sptead that it compelled Pharaoh to beg for relief.  Pharaoh summoned Moses to request a deliverance from the aweful blight. Moses requested the release of God’s people so Pharaoh acquiesced.


When Moses asked Pharaoh to specify a time of deliverance from this second plague we gain an interesting insight into the sinful, mixed-up state of Pharaoh’s life. In Exodus 8:10  Pharaoh responds in this way: “So he said,’Tomorrow.’ And Moses said, ‘Let it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God.”

Can you impagine someone wanting to spend another night with the frogs?  Yet that is the way we are about sin in our lives so many times.  We allow sin to go on and grow on!  We procrastinate and put off until our life gets completely out of hand.


What should we do with our sin? 1 John 1: 9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

Why should we “carry the weight” of our sins when God is so willing to relieve us?  Why should we let our lives get so out of hand?


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