What happens when two dogs, a cat, and a furmom set out to catch a mouse running through the house?
Well, the answer is both easy and surprising.
The Easy Part
As you might expect, once the little mouse made his presence known a whole lot of chaos ensued. And a lot of laughter followed.
Here is how it happened. Shortly after supper, I noticed Bailey (my cat) was stalking something in my library.
I couldn’t imagine what was so interesting about the stack of plates on the floor. Disclaimer – the plates were on the floor because I removed them from the kitchen during a decluttering session and had not had a chance to send them to their new home.
I jumped back, shocked and startled by what I saw. Yes, it was a little mouse, and when I moved the plates, it scampered across the floor.
For the next ninety minutes, it scampered from room to room with all four of us in pursuit.
The Surprising Part
All four of us reacted to the mouse in different ways.
Both dogs showed little to no interest in catching the mouse. Which is shocking since they both have high prey drives and have been known to chase and kill any critter that dares to trespass in their yard.
Even more surprising was Bailey’s response. The more I tried to catch the mouse and point out to him where the mouse was the more he seemed to lose interest in the chase.
Since he had caught several mice a few years ago, I didn’t know what to make of his response.
The biggest surprise of all came as I started to close my front door for the evening. As I began to move the door, I saw him. The little mouse was sitting in the corner behind the door facing out.
I thought, “I’ve got you now you little bugger.” I called Bailey, no response, so I went and grabbed him and put him behind the door facing the mouse and waited for the action to start.
Knowing Your True Identity
To my utter disbelief, Bailey turned and ran the opposite direction as fast as he could. In fact, he went to the basement and stayed there.
Scratching my head at this weird encounter, I decided to give up the chase for the night and worry about it tomorrow.
I laid down on the couch to watch a little TV and promptly fell asleep.
At 1:30 am I awakened to the sound of a loud thud and then a second loud thud coming from the kitchen. Followed by little kitty-boy strutting into the living room carrying the dead mouse.
As he strutted around the room for several minutes displaying his captured foe, I realized my mistake.
Baily knew something that I had forgotten. He understands who he is and what he is created to do.
When I tried to force him to do it my way he ran and returned when he had the opportunity to do it right.
It reminded me of the story of David and Goliath. The part where King Saul put his armor on David when he was going to fight the giant. But it didn’t fit. It wasn’t who David was. So he took it off and went out to face Goliath in his true identity with a slingshot and five smooth stones.
Run In Your Lane
Just like Bailey and just like David each of us is a one-of-a-kind, had crafted creation not a mass produced copy.
“For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.” – Ephesians 2:9 (Voice)
But then life happens, and we forget whose we are. When that happens it’s easy to get bogged down in fear, shame, disappointment, and ________(fill in the blank). If we stay there, it will short-circuit God’s plan for our life.
The Truth Will Set You Free
God used a sweet little kitty to remind me of these truths:
God created you and me. We are His artistry. His masterpiece. This truth is the foundation of our identity.
God has chosen us. He not only created us He created us for a purpose. Because of his love for us, He will equip us for the purpose He created us for when we fully surrender to Him.
He reminded me that my sense of worth should come from Him and Him alone. I am a child of the King, and so are you. And we need to hide these truths in our heart.
I love the way He uses such seemingly silly or unimportant things like a kitty and a mouse to remind us of these essential truths. I’m so glad I didn’t miss the lesson of finding my true identity in Him alone.
Where are you getting your sense of worth? Are you letting someone or something force you to run in a lane you are not created to run in?