DayBreaks for 10/02/18 – Mosquito Musings

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DayBreaks for 10/02/18 – Mosquito Musings        

From the DayBreaks archive, September 2008:

Earl Wilson, from the Field Newspaper Syndicate, reported on film director Elliot Silverstein, on location in Louisiana, who said he found two kinds of mosquitoes there: “Those small enough to get through screen doors – and those big enough to open them.”

Isn’t it amazing how something as small as mosquitoes can cause us so much discomfort? Just be quiet for a minute and listen: can’t you hear one buzzing in your ear?! Fortunately, where we live in California, there really aren’t many mosquitoes. That’s fine by me. I’ve heard similar claims about the size of mosquitoes in Alaska – how they’re reputed to be so big that they carry away polar bear cubs!

Which do you fear most – a polar bear, or a mosquito? Does it seem like a silly question? When you think about it in a physical sense, it is, of course, silly. But when you stop to think about it a little more deeply, both of them can draw blood. Enough mosquitoes could, I suppose, drain you dry!

I recently had a woman call me in the office who wanted to know what the worst sin was that you could possibly commit (from her speech I think she was more than just a little inebriated). I explained to her that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the only sin that bible says is unforgivable. She said, “OK, what’s the next worst one after that?” I told her that from God’s standpoint, there wasn’t a “next worst”. That all sins were equally bad because all it takes is one to make you a sinner. She didn’t like that answer, but I didn’t know what else to tell her except that some sins have more severe consequences in the here and now than others do. But sin is sin – and one unforgiven sin is enough to condemn.

What’s the point? We think about how terrible “big sins” are and when we think about someone like Pol Pot or Adolph Hitler, we figure that they are terrible sinners destined for hell. And when we do that, we forget the mosquito of “sin” that is buzzing in our own ear and we think that it’s just one of the little ones – it isn’t a “big” sin, so it’s not so bad. Mosquitoes, by spreading malaria and other diseases, have been responsible for the loss of more human lives than all the wars of history. Pretty amazing for such a small creature, huh?

Wrong. Jesus had to pay the same price to redeem the little sins as he did the big ones. There is no bargain-basement price for “little” sinners. If you only told one little white lie in your life, the price for your salvation was just as great as the price Jesus paid for the worst sinner in history.

That’s what makes His forgiveness and our salvation so amazing. Don’t think that the little sins in your life are like little mosquitoes that aren’t a threat. Enough little mosquitoes can kill you!

PRAYER: Lord, grant us humble hearts that recognize the depravity of our own souls and sinful hearts.  Awaken in us a realization of how deadly our sins are, and how great Your forgiveness!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 02/21/13 – Go Be a Mosquito

DayBreaks for 02/21/13 – Go Be a Mosquito                    

mosquitoFor with God nothing is impossible. – Lk. 1:37 (NLT)

I was fortunate enough to go to Haiti in April, 2010 after the devastating earthquake.  When you have been to Haiti and seen the rubble (both concrete and human) from the shaking of the earth, you start to realize what a huge problem faces that nation and that people.  And while it may seem silly to have to say it, they are people – made in the image of God, beloved by God – people as dearly precious as anyone else on the face of the earth.  Jesus doesn’t love the poorest Haitian any less than He loved Mother Theresa or Billy Graham.  He died for each of them, too.

When you’ve been to India and seen some of the 250 million Dalits who are considered by some in that country to be nothing more than sub-human refuse, fit only to clean and carry human or animal waste by hand in a slop-bucket from the street or latrine, you are first ashamed of your own wealth, then angry at those who perpetrate such injustice, then confounded about what it would take to ever change their plight.

When you hear in the news every day about some mass killing, about the rape of women and children, about people freezing to death on the sidewalk, about the peddlers of obscenity and filth, about those who hold human life to be no more important or significant that than of an ant and who can take life without any conscience at all, when the rich oppress the poor and subjugate them only to make themselves richer, one can begin to doubt that this is a good world created by a good God.  That doubt easily gives birth to numbing resignation.

We resign ourselves quickly to the trash heap of insignificance in the face of such huge mountains of problems.  It is understandable.  After I came home from Haiti, I was asked in a radio interview and by others, “What can be done to solve this?”  My answer was this: “Only the return of the Lord can solve the problem.”  That was what came to mind as my thoughts swept back through the sights I’d seen, the smells I’d smelled, the misery I’d heard.

My answer was partly right, but mostly wrong.  My response was focused on what I could do as a single human being, or what any single human being could do, not on the power at the disposal of the God of heaven and earth.  As a human I was overwhelmed, stymied, resigned that I couldn’t do anything to make a difference.  It’s an easy trap to fall into – a trap prepared by the great enemy himself – Satan.

Still – God has enrolled us to be His agents of change.  To be His hands and feet.  Are we too small to make a difference?  Of course.  Let me ask it again: are we too small to make a difference?  No, absolutely not.  What do I mean?  Consider this African proverb that I think is very insightful: If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito.

Can God solve the problem without us?  Sure.  But we are to be like the mosquito in the room – agitating for change, advocating the cause of widows and orphans, crying out for justice to be done and injustice to come to an end, sharing truth and love wherever we go  – even if we get swatted for it.  We are to give what we can, do what we can – and let God finish the job in His way and in His timing.

Now, go be a mosquito.

PRAYER: Lord, I pray that you keep me from believing in my insignificance so much that I throw my hands up in resignation at the misery and injustice in this world.  Give me the courage to act – and leave the outcomes in Your hands!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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