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Stories We Tell: Lessons from a Mouse
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by David Resendes

About five years ago I asked God whether or not I should invite a young man named Sean to live with my wife and I. He had just moved to the area. He wasn’t a Christian, and he had a party lifestyle in his history. Even though a friend from church asked me to consider this opportunity, I didn’t feel comfortable and politely turned down the request.

A few days later I went on a prayer walk down a dirt road. Off to the side of the road I noticed a small white mouse lying on its side. Thinking that a hawk might swoop down and eat it, I scooped up the mouse with a piece of paper and took it home.

Rummaging through my trash, I found an empty peanut can. I poked holes in the lid and lined the can with ripped pieces of paper towel. All of a sudden I heard a voice in my heart say, “David, you have so much compassion for this mouse – What about Sean for whom I died?”

Wow, that changed my mind! I then invited Sean to stay in our home. Everything went fine, and in time he gave his heart to the Lord and was baptized.

There are some things we will never experience unless we take quality time with God in prayer. What’s more, quality time also requires a certain quantity of time. If you spend a few minutes a day in prayer, add a few more. And then a few more. Go slow and grow. Start small and end tall. Grow your prayer life from small talk to God talk.

David Resendes is pastor of the Stockton Central Seventh-day Adventist Church in Stockton, California