LITTLE THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS LITTLE!
COVID-19, the coronavirus, almost shut down the world in 2020. It affected health, education, travel, eating habits, the economy, relationships – the list goes on and on.
Recently, a British mathematician, Kit Yates, was commissioned to study the coronavirus. Kit calculated that the 2 quintillions of very tiny coronavirus particles in the world would fit inside a single Coke can!! Get that – one Coke can of the virus particles has affected every living person in the world! One little Coke can! I wish the world had not taken a “Coke break” and opened that can!
In Alabama, we have had over 500,000 COVID-19 cases. We’ve had over 10,000 deaths. America has had more cases per capita than any other nation. Little tiny coronavirus particles – but they have produced gargantuan, horrific results.
We are still working at containing the COVID-19 virus. We need to also be looking at other areas of life. Little things aren’t always little. The world’s largest and most powerful particle smasher is the Large Hadron Collider. One day, a squirrel somehow got into the 66,000-volt transformer. The squirrel didn’t last, but it shut down the collider for several days.
Some minor calculations by a big ship going through the Suez Canal were slightly in error. Little miscalculations caused big problems. The big ship got stuck in the Suez Canal and blocked trade routes around the world. It cost 9.8 billion dollars a day on the world economy.
I always hate to get stopped on the interstate and have to sit in the car for a few minutes or a few hours until some problem on the interstate is cleared. Can you imagine sitting in a ship for days carrying millions of dollars of cargo, waiting for the problem to be cleared up in the Suez Canal? Little things make a huge difference.
I read about a type of jellyfish in the Bay of Naples known as Medusa. There are also small snails, and occasionally the jellyfish will swallow one of them. The digestive tract of a jellyfish can’t hurt the snail because it’s protected by a shell. The snail just connects itself to the inside of the digestive system. The snail grows and consumes the entire jellyfish. One little snail – look at the results.
Don’t be fooled by thinking some sin is little, and therefore benign. Sin is like the snail, the miscalculations, the squirrel, and the virus. Solomon writes, “Fools mock at sin.” (Proverbs 14:9) Paul reminds us that “the payoff for sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) Sin has more power than the COVID-19 particles because its damage is not just for a short period of time, but for eternity.
Good news! Sin can be erased at any stage. The angel said to Joseph, “She will have a son, and you shall name him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) David said, “Finally, I confessed all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide my guilt…and You forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” (Psalm 32:5) “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.” (1 John 1:9)
Don’t let little things lock you down!