“What Do You See?”
April 13, 2017
Years ago, I worked as a Maintenance Technician for a certain motel chain. Every morning I would come into work, get my rooms list for the day and get started on checks and repairs. One particular morning as I was walking to one of the buildings, I heard a blood curdling scream from one of the rooms. I ran to see what was happening, only to find when I rounded the corner that THE toughest housekeeper we had on staff was standing on the bed, with her broom in hand, screaming at a black baby kitten that had wondered into the room with her while she was cleaning. Over and over she swept that broom at that baby kitten that was standing between her and the door, yelling “Get Out Of Here!” She was honestly terrified. Y’all… I laughed until I cried. (If only iPhones had been around back then!) I picked up the baby kitten and took it out of the room and set it free elsewhere and we both carried on about our day.
I hadn’t thought of that moment for a long while, but it floated into my mind last night as I ate dinner and I had to chuckle under my breath.
Up to that moment, I had no idea that anyone could be so afraid of such a small and harmless thing. While I was amazed by that housekeeper’s response, the reality is that many of us are that way. Moments happen in our lives, things cross our paths we are not expecting and we allow fear to overwhelm us. We magnify the issue far beyond what the truth of it really is. In this way, we move in fear rather than in understanding and in faith.
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
When the unexpected happens, don’t magnify the problem standing in front of you. Instead, believe God! Walk in the peace and in the authority He has already given you. Own the moment.