Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Mouse Story

Hey Friends,
I have been meditating on friendship and prayer this morning.

It brought to mind this story that someone had e-mailed me about 10 years ago. I had saved it to use as a children's sermon. I pulled it up and would like to share it with you.
I do not know who the author is. If you know this story and the author, please let me know so I can give credit where it is due. I hope this story impacts you the same way it did me this morning.

A Mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. "What food might this contain?" He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it." The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house." The pig sympathized but said, "I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers." The mouse turned to the cow. She said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse, I'm sorry for you. But it's no skin off my nose."
So the mouse returned to the house, head-down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.

Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer's wife did not get well. She died. So many people came for her funeral; the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it doesn't concern you, remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. In the book of Genesis, Cain said about Able his brother to our God: "Am I my brother's keeper?" We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and be willing to make that extra effort to encourage one another.

In talking about the body, Paul puts it this way in 1 Corinthians 12:26, "So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one is honored, all the members rejoice with it."

You have prayed with me, encouraged me and rejoiced with me. I thank God for your love and friendship. Thank you for not being like the pig, the chicken or the cow!

Our storm is starting to clear...at least a little...we can see the the horizon again. We are not out of trouble. But I see Jesus walking on the water ahead of us. I, unlike Peter, am going to stay in the boat and keep my eyes on Jesus!

More later
Love Pamela


Beverlydru said...

Wow. That little story packs a big punch. I'm glad that when we pray for one another, we are forming a hedge of protection around our friends. We do need each other. And we have to be vigilant in these days we live in.

My ADHD Me said...

I LOVE that story. I've never heard it before. (meanwhile the mouse is sitting in his little mouse house saying to himself, "I told you so!") ha

BTW, I forgot to comment on your post where you reveiled the real you. I LOVE it. I must agree I also like the curly hair better. Funny thing is, I have VERY curly, frizzy, crazy hair. When I was younger my mom would put a towel over it and iron it on the ironing board. When I got older I bought straightening products. They never worked. I finally found a straightener (works with heat) appliance that worked. It made my hair straight and it STAYED straight until I washed it again. EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE said, "Oh No, where are your curls? I love your curls. I miss your curls". Guess what...I like them better too!

Kay Martin said...

Love the mouse story. God's been dealing with me in Ephesians 2 and how we are living stones mortared together to make up His Tabernacle/Temple. The mason picks the stones...not the stones. AS I am seeing that I need every stone to do well or it affects my well being I am doing so much better in thinking and speaking only good over all my fellow saints.

Thank God that there is light showing up for you and yours. Love you so.

Runner Mom said...

Great story, Pam! Thanks so much for sharing it! You all continue to be in my prayers!

Runner Mom said...

I'm back! Just read the comment on My ADHD Me and decided to scroll down and see just what se was talking about!

How awesome that you can wear your hair either straight or curly! That, sweet friend, is a blessing! Wavy hair does one thing...whatever it wants to!

You are just too cute and pretty! ANd...the pink is amazing on you, chickadee! Don't worry about the nails!

Love ya,

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My Army Brats and Me said...

I just caught up on your post. Seems everyone had a lot of fun. I will be back:)

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Very true & a much needed reminder!

Elizabethd said...

I've heard the story before but it is always very meaningful. We do need to support each other so much.