Several weeks ago we discovered that we had a mouse in the house and so we bought some mouse poison which the mouse ate and so we assumed that was the end of him.
In the intervening weeks various people in the family had, ‘I’m sure there is still a mouse in our house’ moments.
Tracey was sure she had seen it a few times and some of the children thought that they heard it scratching around but I was a lot more skeptical having neither seen or heard it.
We knew that the mouse had been living in our piano as a patch of the floor underneath had been covered with mouse droppings. We had cleared up and they hadn’t reappeared over the course of a few weeks and so as far as I was concerned, the evidence pointed to us being a mouse free house :).
Then the night came when everything changed! Tracey and I were watching TV and suddenly the mouse appeared and walked behind the TV cabinet.
Because the mouse was in a confined space it was actually fairly easy to capture it in one of the nets. We then got him into the hamster cage and took him to some nearby woodland to release him. (I’ve included some video footage of the moment of his release which I have posted below).
A day or two after this and I was talking with someone about moments when we feel that God is far away or not there.
God’s presence can feel a lot like having a mouse in your house. Even when the majority of the evidence pointed to the mouse not being there, he still was.
God is with us always, but sometimes we forget he is there. I think this is why Jesus said ‘where 2 or 3 of are gathered in my name, I am in the midst’. I don’t think he meant that if there is enough of us then he will turn up, rather I think he was saying ‘when you talk among yourself as my followers, don’t forget I am in the midst’.
God is ever present and so when we can’t feel his presence he is actually still there. In these moments, we need to learn to focus on him and to look for signs of his presence.
In my experience, it is often when I am overwhelmed with other things that I can’t feel God with me. When I remember what God has done and focus on him afresh though he can then help with what I am feeling.
God is ever present! How can we be more focused on him?