The Parable of the Mosquito Racquet

Recently, my family has acquired a new household appliance. This amazing battery-operated device looks like a child’s tennis racquet, but has the power to electrocute insects at the touch of a button. You simply wave it at a flying bug while pressing the button on the handle, and when the insect touches the metal wires: “zappp!”. Sometimes there’s even a small spark.

Within one week, I found myself killing more mosquitoes than I usually catch in a whole year. I loved how effective this thing was: No more feeling like my hands are hopelessly slow, no more feeling powerless against that mosquito attacking me under the table! My other family members must have felt equally empowered by this tool, because I soon discovered a racquet number #2 in the house.

And then, the other day, something interesting happened.

A mosquito, still full and heavy from its meal, was buzzing around slowly right in front of me – but I didn’t kill it. Instead, I ran off to get the racquet. By the time I returned, I couldn’t find it anymore; I waited, racquet ready in hand, but it never reappeared. I walked around the whole room swatting every nook and cranny… but it had already gone.

What had been a simple ‘golden opportunity’ right in front of me slipped away when I forgot that the aim was to “kill the mosquito”, not “use the racquet”.

That day, I saw how wanting to use a good tool can actually become limiting, when I miss the heart of the task.

Elsewhere in my life I see this happening too: like when I forgo the chance to share the gospel with someone because, in that opportune moment, I just don’t have my ‘tool’ with me – no “4 Spiritual Laws” or “Discovering God in Chinese Characters” tract; no pen and paper to draw the “Bridge of Life” diagram. In that moment, I forget that all I really need is probably my mouth, my heart, and the Holy Spirit. My help-lines become stumbling-blocks when I’m hampered by their absence.

Thankfully, God’s given us a powerful help-line that will never be absent. With the Holy Spirit continually with us, in us, we have what we need to live out the Great Commandment and carry out the Great Commission. Spiritual tools – in the form of written resources, or church programmes and structures – are great helps, but in their absence, I can rely on my Helper in every situation.

There is much work to be done. May we stay close to the heart of our task, and the heart of our Father, in the journey to become more equipped.

Hannah Lois Ng loves to read and contributes to COOS LIFE on a regular basis. She has a heart for youth

 

Hannah Lois Ng loves to read and contributes to COOS LIFE on a regular basis. She has a heart for youth

WHAT'S ON IN COOS

Events on April 20, 2019

12:00 am: No COOSkidz programme this weekend

There will be no COOSkidz Programme this weekend as children are encouraged to join their parents for Resurrection Weekend Healing Services.
Location: NA
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8:00 am: Men@COOS Monthly Talk (April)

Nikhil Ratnam was led by God in 2015 to leave his 20-year banking career to start Quidditas Technologies Pte Ltd to tackle rural poverty in South and South-East Asia with usage of technology.
Location: Room 308
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2:30 pm: Healing Service : SP Daniel Wee Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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4:15 pm: 'Lost In Time' Children's Birthday Party

Location: Room 308
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4:30 pm: Youth Service

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on April 21, 2019

12:00 am: No COOSkidz programme this weekend

There will be no COOSkidz Programme this weekend as children are encouraged to join their parents for Resurrection Weekend Healing Services.
Location: NA
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8:30 am: Healing Service : SP Daniel Wee Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:45 am: Healing Service : SP Daniel Wee Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on April 25, 2019

7:30 pm: Why We Need To Talk About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)'

Details Description: - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most common mental health conditions in Singapore today. It affects people of all ages and walks of life, and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Ms Pearlene Lim, a clinicial psychologist, will share about OCD and how to identify the signs and symptoms.
Location: COOS Chapel
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Events on April 26, 2019

7:30 pm: Night of the Nations

Details Description: - Come and join us as we pray for Singapore and the nations. This month's speaker is Wallis Sultan, author of 'Evangelism Made Simple'.

For more info, email missions@coos.org.sg.
Location: Main Auditorium
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Events on April 27, 2019

12:00 am: No COOSkidz Programme this weekend

There will be no COOSkidz Programme as all teachers and staff are away for Infinity Camp Training.
Location: NA
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2:30 pm: English Service : Ps Joseph You Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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4:30 pm: Youth Service

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on April 28, 2019

12:00 am: No COOSkidz Programme this weekend

There will be no COOSkidz Programme as all teachers and staff are away for Infinity Camp Training.
Location: NA
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8:30 am: English Service : Ps Joseph You Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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9:00 am: GF evangelistic lunch

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10:45 am: Baptism Service : Ps Joseph You speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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MAIN SERVICES (ENGLISH)
Saturday | 2.30pm
Sunday | 8.30am and 10.45am
YOUTH SERVICE (ENGLISH)
Saturday | 4.30pm
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130 Margaret Drive Singapore 149300
It is a 10-minute walk from the Queenstown MRT Station.The bus-stops nearest to the church are served by
SBS Bus 51, 111, 145, 186, 195 and 32 and TIBS Bus 970.

The office is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9am to 5.30pm.

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