A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD
A Mouse, Lion, Jesus, and You…
Your presence in the life of someone else can and does make a difference that is quite evident in the following Old Testament story surrounding the life of Joseph who was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers. “From the time Potiphar appointed him over his household and over all that he owned, the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s household for Joseph’s sake. The blessing of the LORD was on everything that he had, both in his house and in his.” (Genesis 39:5, ESV)
One of the most difficult questions we humans ask ourselves is, “What is my purpose in life, why am I here?” In the above scripture reading we find the answer. In our “dog eat dog” world where it’s “survival of the fittest and strongest” that may not be the answer we want to hear but it’s the correct answer.
Our need to be in the presence of others and how we can be a blessing to each other is aptly illustrated in the old, old story of the Mouse and Lion. Do you remember it? In case you’ve forgotten it read on…
One day a Lion lay asleep in the jungle. A tiny Mouse, running about in the grass and not noticing where he was going, ran over the Lion’s head and down his nose.
The Lion awoke with a loud roar, and down came his paw over the little Mouse. The great beast was about to open his huge jaws to swallow the tiny creature when “Pardon me, O King, I beg of you,” cried the frightened Mouse. “If you will only forgive me this time, I shall never forget your kindness. I meant no harm and I certainly didn’t want to disturb Your Majesty. If you will spare my life, perhaps I may be able to do you a good turn, too.”
The Lion began to laugh, and he laughed and laughed. “How could a tiny creature like you ever do anything to help me? And he shook with laughter.
“Oh well,” he shrugged, looking down at the frightened Mouse, “you’re not so much of a meal anyway.” He took his paw off the poor little prisoner and the Mouse quickly scampered away.
Sometime after this, some hunters, trying to capture the Lion alive so they could carry him to their king, set up rope nets in the jungle. The Lion, who was hunting for some food, fell into the trap. Her roared and thrashed about trying to free himself but with every move he made, the ropes bound him tighter.
The unhappy Lion feared he could never escape, and her roared pitifully. His thunderous bellows echoed through the jungle. The tiny Mouse, scurrying about far away, heard the Lion’s roars. “That may be there very Lion who once freed me,” he said, remembering his promise. And he ran to see whether he could help.
Discovering the sad state the Lion was in, the Mouse said to him, “Stop, stop! You must not roar. If you make so much noise, the hunters will come and capture you . I’ll get you out of this trap.”
With his sharp little teeth the Mouse gnawed at the ropes until they broke. When the Lion had stepped out of the net and was free once more, the Mouse said, “Now, was I not right?”
“Thank you, good Mouse,” said the Lion gently. “You did help me even though I am big and you are so little. I see now that kindness is always worthwhile.”
Today ask God to put someone in your path that needs help.
Believe it! Experience it!
Grace and PEACE!
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“Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed—for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. Then they went home.” (John 20:8–10, NLT)
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