We went on a long weekend to visit relatives. I left a bunch of apples out in a bag on the kitchen floor. We came home to a few gnats. I immediately thought of the apples. Sure enough, there was one apple that had gone bad…”One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl” (Everything reminds me of a song, which really annoys my family)…anyway, I got rid of the rotten apple and put the rest in the fridge. I don’t know about you, but I do NOT like gnats. Now, imagine hordes of them in everything you own, on your face, in your eyes, crawling all over you. Ew. Unclean. Nasty.
“This is the finger of God!” said Pharaoh’s magicians. (They could not replicate this miracle.)
“But Pharaoh’s heart remained hard and stubborn. He wouldn’t listen to them, just as the LORD had predicted.” Exodus 8, NLT
WHAT DOES IT TAKE for us to listen to God, Almighty, and turn back to Him, trusting in His ways completely? Our world is made of all of us, working with each other. We all have needs, some greater than others. I wonder if we have become hardened and insensitive by all the heartache, famine, and pestilence that comes at us every day through media? It is as overwhelming as a plague of nasty gnats. It is in our faces, our eyes and noses and we don’t know what to do first.
This small part of God’s Story, in the process of setting His people free, reminds me that a way to soften our own, overwhelmed hearts is to think of what God wants from us:
“To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8, NIV) One day, one moment, at a time.
Dear LORD, Save us from ourselves. We are overwhelmed with the needs of our world. Help us to remember that You are Creator of all and in all and You are still in charge. You are never overwhelmed. Our complete trust is in You. Help us to listen to You, look around and just go where You send us. Thank You for Your constant reminders, for these thoughts bring peace in our circumstances. In Jesus Name, Amen