You’d think I’d remember I am far bigger than it is.
You’d think it is certainly more afraid of me than I am of it (though I beg to differ).
What is this thing you may ask? Mice!
Last night, as I was stirring a pan of Indonesian Spiced Rice on the stove top, I looked down to see a mouse run into my foot!!!!!! It then backtracked quickly from where it came from (behind the stove), leaving me screaming and slinging rice haphazardly on the floor, counter, etc.
Since I was home alone, I did what any sane person would do, I turned the stove off, and shut the doors to the kitchen. Then came to the living room to sit down (with my feet off the floor!), and waited for my husband to come home! 🙂
To his dismay when he arrived, I told him all about the mouse, and he went to check it out.
Of course, that scared mouse was far gone, or was hiding to save its life.
Since my husband was about to leave for a Bible Study, I went to the store to buy mouse poison. Tentatively, I went back into the kitchen, and placed it on the sides of the stove, behind the fridge, and behind the garbage can.
We never saw nor heard the mouse the rest of the night. I’m hoping it is long gone, but time will tell!
Yet, the funny thing is, as I sat with my feet off the floor, with the doors shut, waiting on my husband, I considered the situation. Then laughed at myself, when I realized, that I am so much bigger than that little mouse, why oh why am I afraid?
As I have reflected on this today, I was reminded of my great, big God! Far too often I fear such small, trivial things. Occasionally, there are big things as well which seem impossible.
Yet, regardless of the size of the problem that has me afraid.
My God is bigger and stronger! And He says, “Fear Not!”
Fear is a natural instinct, that occurs without thought. And it will certainly come.
The key however is what we do with it.
Much like anger, it is what we do with fear, how we handle it, that counts.
Do we give it to the Lord, trusting that He is greater than it?
Or, do we allow it to control us, overpowering us, keeping us from what God has?
The God we serve is mightier and stronger than any fear we have. The God we serve can be trusted with whatever comes our way. The God we serve will even fight on our behalf.
We simply must be still and know He is God. Trusting Him, believing Him, and resting in the peace found only in His presence!