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September 25, 2006, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

Those little disturbances

Pastor Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shephard Free Lutheran, Cokato

Vacations are wonderful times. We recently had a week up at our cabin and enjoyed a good blend of work and play, such as finishing our ash floor to prepare for moving in the furniture, fishing, playing games at night, good nights of sleep, and probably best of all, no schedule.

Our week was wonderful until a little visitor awakened us on the last night.

My wife and I, though we were sleeping very soundly, were both awakened by the sound of rustling plastic. I went on a search with a flashlight and found a folded piece of poly we had used as a drop cloth laying on the floor. I was certain that is what we had heard fall.

So I returned to bed, only to be startled by some scratching inside the wall. Now, we were wide awake.

Our cabin, that we were getting so close to finishing now, had some unwanted intruder in our wall and also scampering across the upper side of the ceiling between the floor joints, I could see some insulation that looked like it was chewed, but I saw no critter.

So, back to bed I went and, with my ears tuned in to any slight disturbance, tried to fall asleep. Well, you can guess how that went: like a deer hunter falling asleep while looking at a trophy buck.

The next two disturbances took place with a cereal bag in the kitchen, and off I went, to find that little mouse scampering around by the cereal. I tried to grab it with my bare hand, but was unsuccessful. I guess I scared it sufficiently, because it did not reappear.

Funny how one little mouse can disturb your peaceful night. Have you had any little “thought disturbances” lately that have kept you awake at night?

Why is it that things seem much larger and out of proportion at night? Troubles seem enlarged whether they be a worry from the past day or a mouse in the house.

Psalm 55:22a says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.” Does God really care about your “disturbance?”

The book of Hebrews reminds us that Jesus is touched with the feelings of our weakness. He understand what it is like to live in a weak, fleshly body, which can easily make mountains out of “mouse hills.”

I had to give my mouse disturbance to the Lord and trust that this, too, would come to pass. It took a long time to fall back to sleep, but when I did, I slept an hour later than normal and had to hustle to get to church on time, which could have been rather embarrassing for the preacher on vacation.


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