None of us likes rats.
They are pests. They get in - in the most unlikeliest of places.
If left unchecked, they can grow bigger by the day - ruining everything in their path.
What is your "rat" today?
What is that besetting sin (rat) that you are dealing with?
What is it in your life that is waiting in hiding to destroy everything in your spiritual home?
And the most important question today - what can you and I do to set rid of those rat(s) in our walk with Christ?
In the early days of aviation, Frederick Handley Page of England was one of the pioneers. The story is told of how he once was flying alone in one of the early small planes when he detected a disturbing sound behind him in the cargo area.
He soon realized it was a rat, gnawing on the plane's control cables - a disaster just waiting to happen.
This was in the days before autopilot, so he couldn't just leave the controls and go back and kill the rat. So what did he do?
What he did is a great spiritual lesson for us today - as we deal with those "things in our lives" that bring us down spiritually.
Page remembered that if he could gain sufficient altitude, the decrease in oxygen would be fatal for the rat.
So immediately, he flew the plane higher and higher and higher - and eventually he no longer hear the gnawing sound from the rat.
Later, after safely landing, he found the rat - dead.
If you have something gnawing at your life - something emotional, something spiritual - it is trying to bring you down and destroy you - if you've got rats on board your spiritual plane - the first step is ridding yourself of them is to go higher and higher and higher in God.
Paul writes in Colossians 3:2, to, "set your minds on things that are above."
Let your spirit and your soul spend time in the presence of God - and as we used to sing, "the things of this earth will grow strangely dim - in the light of his glory and grace."
Just a thought for a Wednesday.