In his sermon entitled “How to Worry” Ralph Phelps tells about a clock that had a nervous breakdown. This new clock that was ticking away on the shelf two ticks to the second, as any good, self respecting clock should tick, when it began to think about how many times it was going to have to tick. “Two ticks to the second means 130 ticks per minute,” it mused. “That’s 7,200 ticks per hour, 172,800 ticks per day, 1,209,600 per week for 52 weeks and a total of 62,889,200 per year.” Horrors!! Straightway the clock had a nervous breakdown.
The clock was taken to a psychiatrist who patched up the mainspring as well as he could, then asked, “Clock, what is your trouble?”
“Oh, doctor, wailed the clock, “I have to tick so much. I have to tick two ticks to the second and 120 ticks per minute and 72,000 ticks per hours, and ……..”
“Then let me make a suggestion,” replied the doctor. “You go home and try ticking one tick at a time. Do not even think about the next tick until it is time. Just tick one tick at a time. That you can do.”
Faith is ticking one tick at a time. Knowing that God will give us strength for the next tick. According to I Peter I:8 “Whom having not seen, ye love; in who, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Yet just like those oppressed and persecuted Christians to whom Peter was writing, we need to remember that this joy will never come through external stimulus. Only through our internal mindset— one of faith —-one of ticking one tick at a time, knowing that God will give us strength for the next tick.