SWAT THE FLIES, DROWN THEIR NOISE
There was a day, I had a long and tiring day. I got back to my room, did all I had to, grudgingly went through dinner and managed to go through what I had for the next day. Finally I laid on my bed, deciding to have a good night rest to ease off the day’s stress. I hadn’t even slept for five minutes when an ugly sound in my ear and another itch on my face, woke me up. I spent the next hour in frustration, swatting mosquitoes, killing the ones I could and itching my body where they had prayed. At last when I couldn’t take it anymore, I got up to search for the mosquito net I had hidden away during the dry season. I fixed it, wrapped it around my bed and went under it for a healthy night sleep. It was my alarm that woke me the next day. I had finally slept peacefully and though the mosquitoes were still around the net making their ugly sounds, they were far from me and couldn’t hurt me.
Like these mosquitoes, everyday we encounter negativities that tend to drag us down and take away our comfort. We want to do and say what is right but they say otherwise, we want to concentrate on doing what is beneficial to us but they come as an unwanted distraction. Sometimes, they come as people close to us and in places we can’t avoid, leaving us confused and frustrated but we shouldn’t be, instead we should swat them!
Swatting alone might not totally help, like the mosquito story, when I realized it wasn’t working all too well, I got a permanent protection from the mosquitoes. The net! Jesus in John 16:33 said “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Here we are reminded of Jesus being that net we’ve forgotten and hidden away. Let him work and walk with you, do not fret but instead go for the gold. Have you ever heard a malaria infection or maybe lots of mark on the body from the itches of mosquitoes. This is exactly what happens to us when we refuse to build a permanent block against negativities in our lives, we end being scarred from the wrong moves we have taken.
Focus and determination are also very important factors. It was my determination on getting a good sleep that made me search for the net and my focus that made me concentrate on that alone. Everyone who has ever thought of great things or had great visions had always faced negativities along the way. Abraham Lincoln failed nine times, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, and many others were termed failures and never-do-wells yet, they didn’t let this negativities get at them, but swatted, blocked them and moved on.
Just like the net drowned the noise of the mosquitoes and prevented them from getting to me, we also should build a total blockage against negativities around us. We may never be able to avoid or run away from them all but we can make sure that as much as they are there, they are not a distraction but a motivation.
You Are Never Alone.