All those little things. Let's see...
- Take out the trash
- Convince child to do homework
- Clean house
- Settle argument with spouse
- Get oil changed
- Visit mother in the hospital
All those little things sure add up to a whole lot of work, stress and anxiety. It seems a day can be made up of a whole lot of little things that, when taken together, become huge. We have a few options: we can tackle them one at a time until they're all done, no matter how long it takes and how much sleep we lose. Or, we can neglect some of them until we can get to them.
Neither of those sound like great options. Of course, there's a whole world of organizational science to help us through the maze of little things. Lot's of that is really great stuff and is a big help.
But that doesn't fix the spiritual impact of all these little things. They can and do gnaw away at the soul.
That's where a blind man from the Bible can help. Here's a man who was blind, yet he could "see" just fine. And his blindness was no little thing, obviously. But when he found out that Jesus was coming, he got pretty excited. He knew who his Savior was and how his Savior could help him. So he cried out to him, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me." (Mark 10:47)
And within that there is a lesson and a comfort for us all. This blind man reminds us that all of our troubles lead us to our Savior. All these little things that can gnaw away at our soul remind us that we need a Savior for our soul, that we can't do it all on our own. "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Have mercy on my troubled family. Have mercy on my troubled soul.
And his answer: Go, your faith has healed you. (Mark 10:52) Through faith all the "little" things that Jesus did (little in the sense of not really impressing the world)--his perfect life, his death on the cross, his resurrection from the dead--all these things add up to peace for the soul and eternal life where the little things from this world of sin will hardly be a memory.
Now to get back to my list...
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