19th May 2020

The Pebble in Your Shoe

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

Even with good intentions and resolve to make the best of things, lockdown is difficult when people are confined. Nerves become jangled and tensions arise. It is a depressing thought that the number of domestic abuse cases in the United Kingdom has increased dramatically since lockdown. What at one time might have been a humorous idiosyncrasy in someone can gradually become an irritation. Muhammad Ali once said, “It isn’t the mountains ahead you have to climb that wear you out – it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

The wearing habits and traits of others are perhaps more likely to lead us to sin than the actual viral threat. That ‘pebble in my shoe’ is often called the last straw. We declare “That’s it—that’s the last straw!” What we are saying is there is no more patience, no more mercy, no more tolerance, no more benefit of the doubt.

As God’s children we need to be constantly thankful that God does not have a ‘last straw’ with us. His love and mercy are infinite. Psalm 145:9 says “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” God’s love is renewed every morning. He delights in showing mercy (Micah 7:18).

When I was a child and my poor mother was trying to teach me to be patient, she would entreat me to count to ten but perhaps now we need to count to 100! Lockdown is a challenge for everyone, no matter what the circumstances we are encouraged to not be provoked; “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9). God our Father, who is the epitome of patience, urges us to bear with each other in love—his perfect love. Ephesians 4:2 encourages us to “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Our loving Father will help us through this as will our beloved families.

Prayer
Great wonderful Father, thank you for your constant love and mercy, we would be lost without it.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

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Saturday 11AM

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George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church