A Voice in the
Re: Mouse on the Truck
"These also shall be unclean to you among the swarming things that swarm on the earth: the mole, the mouse, and the great lizard after its kind..." (Lev11:29)
"Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: flying creatures and animals and every creeping thing that moves on the earth, so that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply upon the earth." (Gen8:17)
The mouse. One of the least of God's creatures, such that it was labelled as "unclean" to the Jew; and yet of significance for God to preserve it through the flood, so that it might survive and "swarm on the earth".
A creature that women stereotypically screech over as they scramble to higher ground, whilst hiking their skirts; although, I've heard that some men are known to become equally as worked up over the sight of one. I'm not quite sure 'why' this is; I've always thought they were kinda cute, myself. Here...! See...??
About a year ago there was one in the building where my business is located, and one day as I was wandering into the men's room (with waxed linoleum flood) one came scurrying in, past me, then going into a cartoon-esque Tom-n-Jerry sort of 4-paw sideways slippery scramble as he scurried to find his opening where he disappeared behind some plumbing, and into the wall.
But the strangest thing happened a bit over a week ago. Driving in (city) traffic, minding my own business; stopped at a red light behind this pickup truck. As I'm sitting there, glancing around at all the traffic within the 4-lanes around me, suddenly on the back bumper of the truck in front of me this little field-mouse popped its head out. Walked around a bit on the bumper, tweaking its nose, looking in all directions at the cars all around, sniffing the air. Walking over to the end of the bumper, sniffing. Going around to the back of the bumper, sniffing.
My first reaction: LOOK AT THE LITTLE MOUSE!!! (Although nobody was with me in my vehicle)
An amazing sight, in bumper-to-bumper city traffic, a mouse traipsing around on this bumper, with an air almost as though he 'owned' the space he was currently surveying. Then, the light turned green, and as the truck began rolling, the mouse again ducked back into a little sheltered space between the bumper and tail-gate. The truck and I were both getting on the freeway. As the truck had more power, it sped off over in another lane....and I wondered if the little fellow would survive the trip to wherever the truck was going.
How/when/where did the mouse end up 'on' the truck in the first place? How long had it been riding like that? Where would it end up? It was a very hot day - would it survive the trip before it had a chance to get off and get food and water? (I was hoping the truck didn't have far to go)
Silly! you say? To be so concerned over a mouse? Perhaps. Several years ago, one fall, I left a little house spider undisturbed behind the water faucet fixture of my kitchen sink for over a month, being sure not to sponge it as I would go about cleaning up. Yes, ladies... I keep a "bachelor" kitchen..! The spider seemed content to remain there, even though I did daily chores around there, so it had its 'home' there. I've already mentioned my interest in sparrows in the past.
Many people become deeply distressed over their life circumstances. They worry. They fret. They stew. Jesus spoke of the splendor of flowers, that do not labor over their own existence, and says, "even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." (Mt6:29)
People typically set traps for mice (as I have also done). And yet if a stupid old fool like me can have concern for the welfare of a mouse in a clearly 'precarious' spot on the truck bumper (a wrong kind of gust of wind would blow it right off into the path of oncoming traffic whose tires would squish it in a split-second); do we not understand and remember that our Heavenly Father watches over us?
Jesus said of sparrows, "Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them shall fall to the ground without your Father." (Mt10:29) What is our value to God? "...you are of more value than many sparrows." (vs31)
Well, in the context Jesus was speaking of persecutions and trials. Speaking of the kinds of trials that can kill the body, blowing it off the bumper under the tires of oncoming traffic.
What is the conclusion? How are our souls preserved? Do we 'own' that truck? In other words can we confidently assert: "The Lord is -my- Shepherd" (Ps23:1) through us having "received Him" (Jn1:12) ?
"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Therefore whoever shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in Heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in Heaven." (mt10:30-33)