A few nights ago we had a thunderstorm pass overhead with lots of wind and thunder.  This storm was not any different than other storms we see in Arkansas this time of the year.   The storm passed and as my wife sit in the comfort of our home we heard a very loud pop. The power went out.  The pop was more like a gunshot than that of a lighting strike. I have experienced that in July 2, 1994 when lighting struck our home in Jonesboro causing a small fire and mortally wounding several electrical appliances.  Tonight was different!  We both moved from our Lazy boy recliners to the back yard to investigate this source of this blast.  I found my two yard dogs very happy to see me.  You see they don’t like fireworks that the local football team shot off after each touchdown at the stadium about a mile away.  They were shaken.  I took out my cell phone and used my Entergy application I reported the outage.  I then saw my northern neighbor in her back yard looking up at the transformer on the power pole in our back yard.  Being a good neighbor I spoke to her.  She had heard the same sound and went to investigate.  As we peered through the tree limbs that blocked a clear view of the transformer and line fuse, I saw the reason for our outage, a blown fuse as it dangled from its appointed place.  At that time Entergy texted me that the outage was reported and that 6 of my neighbors were without power but it would be restored by 11 pm.  It was only 7 pm what was I going to do until the power cam on?

For a few minutes my wife and I talked with the northern neighbor, about kids, travels, and her son working to raise money for a bike.  I had noticed the remnants of a vine that had been growing on the top of our fence was on the ground in her backyard.  At first I thought maybe the shorting out powerline had blown the vine off the fence but she explained that her son had removed it to earn money and beautify the yard.  This vine was only a small part of a greater vine that grew in my back yard.  It started as a little sprout and unchecked it did what vines do, it climbed up the pole.  Climbing higher and higher it reached its goal of the top of the pole.  That’s where this story began.  That vine.  I had reported to Entergy a few months before and received a visit from a very safety conscious Entergy lineman.  He had told me to leave the vine along don’t cut or pull it down as it was in contact with the lines above and could cause me harm.  I stayed away and the vine grew.  That is like sin in our lives.  It starts small but it grows and grows.  If we don’t repent of our sins and ask God to help us remove that sin, it grows.  Until it reaches its goal of cutting us off from God’s power.  King Solomon explained in the second chapter verse number 15: Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”

In the New Testament Jesus said in John 15:5: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

How is your relationship with God?  Has sin creeped into your life?  Remove that vine (sin) from your life.  God will be there to give you power to bring forth fruit.  How do I remove that sin?  It easy, just ask God.  Stay safe!

K C Jones, NRP, NCEE
429 Skyline Dr
Harrison, AR 72601