Fresh Hope – 20th June 2017

Since last Thursday evening, our lives have been turned upside down.

Early morning and late night phones calls have had to be exchanged.

Extra journeys at inconvient times have been made daily to ensure that life carried on as best as it could, even though to a much lesser degree than before.

Welcome to our world of having both a Mother-in-law and a mouse…or two.

My mother-in-law, Alice, had spotted the first one running across the carpet while she was reading in her lounge on Thursday afternoon. She is petrified of mice and although she could hardly speak on the phone through fear, we did get the message this was nothing more than a tiny little field mouse. To most a cuddly little thing that the cat plays with, but to Alice this was a giant rat.

For five days now, I and others, have had our lives disturbed and dictated to by this tiny little rodent that is cowered in some tiny space, probably laughing at how these huge humans are completely paralysed by its presence.

Rooms have been vacated, and on most days the house itself abandoned, as we have had temporarily housed and fed Alice for fear that she may have a nervous breakdown of sorts.

When you think of this whole scenario, you cannot help think how irrational this is – a tiny mouse takes control of a whole house and several people’s lives too.

How true it is though, that very small things can take over our thinking and create huge implications for our lives.

Little thoughts can be magnified in our minds and render us useless.

Little problems, once mulled over a few times can become insurmountable.

Little words spoken to us in jest can reside in our hearts for months at a time, and little actions that we perceive were personally done against us can bring us down and cause us to lose our way.

The wise words of Solomon make complete sense to everyone that feels the huge destructive weight of a very small problem. This is what he had to say…

Song of Solomon 2:15 Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.

He noticed that it was the ‘little’ foxes that ruined the vine.

Often we can handle huge problems because we can identify them much more easily than the little ones that seem to run and hide when we try to tackle them.

What is it that is rendering your day useless? In reality it’s often such a small thing that really YOU should be chasing down and killing off with ease.

Ask yourself this question today: Will the seemingly mountainous problem that I’m facing today be a problem to me in a month or even a weeks time?

If the answer is no, then don’t even give it the attention it’s looking for right now.

Pick yourself up, get back on track and start to live your life again.

Let God be God in your life today and don’t give the devil credit for authority he doesn’t have.

Romans 8:31-39 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Pastor Mark

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