They were not quite sure how it happened. They only knew that twice two of their three cats had managed to slipped out of their apartment unnoticed though their escapes were eventually discovered and they were located, one or both of them had picked up some tiny stowaways who laid quiet for awhile. It wasn't long though before their presence was revealed. Scratch, scratch scratch!
When they became aware of their presence, the cats' owners went into action. They raced out to get products to treat their cats. They started to vacuum, wash and clean everything in sight but the problem only seemed to intensify. After valiantly fighting for a few weeks, they finally realized more drastic measures needed to be taken. They needed to call in some professionals in order to make sure their hostile trespassers were exterminated once and for all so that peace could be restored to their home.
As I listened to their story yesterday, they both said the same thing. "I wish we would have not tried to have taken care of this ourselves. We should have called the professionals right away." They thought it was a small thing. They could handle it themselves but at the end of the day the problem had literally multiplied and they were miserable. They had discovered the small problem wasn't so small after all.
You know, contrary to what you might think, it is the small things that often bring us down. You see, often we are smart enough to know we can't handle the big stuff by ourselves. Well, not always but we are much more likely to ask for help when we struggle with the big things rather than the small things. You see, we think we should be big enough to handle them and to admit that we need help with those things would be well, a bit embarassing. At least that is what the enemy likes to tell us. When oh when will we ever stop listening to the enemy?
The truth of the matter is if we let the "small things" linger around in our heart, they won't go away. They will simply make themselves at home, happily multiplying until we are completely overwhelmed and miserable. Don't let it get to that point! Instead, at the first sign of trouble admit that you cannot handle it on your own. You need to bring in the Holy Spirit to "exterminate" your heart and rid you of all those pesky little critters who look for any opportunity to slip in, do mischief and make you utterly miserable. You'll be glad you did!